Saturday, September 5, 2009

Why I Wrote Granted!

As a school volunteer, I saw first-hand how hard teachers and school volunteers worked to raise funds for classroom supplies and projects. I wanted to help but in a way that utilized my background in law and higher education. I spoke to the principal at my son's school, and she suggested grant writing might be a good fit for my volunteer efforts.

After a few successes, teachers and parents began to tell me they, too, would love to write grants to fund needed classroom projects but didn't know how to begin. After lots of conversations about grant writing, I began to develop a method that could be used to tackle the work of grant writing for the classroom. I later had an opportunity to meet the writer Lynda Exley and her young son, Michael Moorehead, who is also an author. After a chat about children's books and teacher grants, Lynda told me that her publisher, Five Star Publications, Inc., was looking to publish a book on teacher grants. That lead to a meeting with Linda Radke, the head of Five Star, and soon I was beginning to write what was to become Granted! A Teacher's Guide to Writing and Winning Classroom Grants.

Granted! is filled with examples and forms that I hope will become a road map to your grant writing journey. It may be purchased through various websites and bookstores as well as online at

I am continuing to write grants for teachers and hope to share my own grant writing journeys with you on this blog.

I hope to see you on the way!!!

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