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Grants, Awards & Freebies — Oct. 5, 2017

Milk carton contest

Evergreen Packaging is looking for entries for the fall 2017 Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest. This year’s contest theme — sports — invites students to build milk carton creations inspired by games and recreation, from archery to zip lining and from amateur to Olympic level. Funds: Grants up to $5,000. Eligibility: Pre-K–12. To enter, classroom teams collect empty milk or juice cartons to use in their carton creations and write a 200-word essay about what makes their project unique. Creations should primarily consist of paper cartons. Supporting materials may be used, but should be only a small percentage of the final creation. Supporting materials made of natural, renewable resources (wood, newspaper, cardboard, etc.) are encouraged.

DEADLINE: Nov. 15.
CONTACT: Made by Milk

Lawyers in the classroom

The Law-Related Education Committee at the New York County Lawyers’ Association continues its outreach program to schools and community groups. The longtime program consists of attorneys and judges visiting classrooms, speaking on a variety of topics regarding the law, the courts and the justice system. Among the topics are: Jobs in the Justice System; Law as a Career; Immigration Law; Criminal Law; Civil Law; Family Law; Commercial Law; Constitutional Law; Cheating; Bullying; Fairness/Justice; When do you need a lawyer? A class visit to an active courtroom may also be requested.

CONTACT: Justice Richard Lee Price, the chair of the Committee on Law-Related Education, 718-618-3646 or

For librarians and paras

The American Library Association is offering librarians a chance to win a trip to its midwinter meeting. Applicants must be ALA members and work as a librarian or be a paraprofessional working in a library. The $1,500 award must be used for actual reimbursed expenses related to attending the meeting. Applicants must complete the online application, which includes an essay of no more than 250 words that addresses a topic about libraries and librarianship. A brief curriculum vitae (no more than one page) should also be attached.


Science lab resources

Shell and the National Science Teachers Association have partnered to recognize outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. The Shell Science Lab Challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment or resources, and award teachers and schools with additional tools, resources and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities. Applicants may be individual teachers or teams of teachers of science in grades 6–12, in the United States and Canada, representing their schools. A teacher is limited to one application per year (whether submitting as an individual or team applicant). A school may submit an unlimited number of applications. Awards range from $3,000 to $20,000.

DEADLINE: Dec. 15.

STEM opportunity

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for K–12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a federal agency or in a U.S. congressional office, bringing their knowledge and experience in the classroom to education programs and/or education policy efforts. Current sponsoring agencies include the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Up to four placements in congressional offices are sponsored.

DEADLINE: Nov. 16.
CONTACT: Einstein