• May 25, 2022
 Ysleta ISD named sole EP finalist for $25K grant to support literacy

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Ysleta ISD named sole EP finalist for $25K grant to support literacy

The Ysleta Independent School District is among 200 nationwide – and the only one in El  Paso – to be named a finalist for the $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, which provides funds for neighborhood improvement projects based on online voting by the public,  which opens today. 

As a result, Ysleta ISD is appealing to El Paso-area adults to cast up to 10 votes daily  through May 6 at here for its grant proposal, “Communities Reading Together  Book Festival,” which calls for a districtwide literacy event that would include book giveaways,  authors, and the El Paso Public Library. 

“Most major cities in Texas host large book festivals over a weekend where families get to  sit with authors of popular literature, connect with book vendors, and fill their bookshelves with  new books for a couple of days,” said Rebecca Calderon, Ysleta ISD’s coordinator of libraries. 

“With the population size of El Paso, we should have an event that addresses the literacy  needs of the district and community, and promotes reading,” Calderon said. In addition to the proposed literacy event, the grant money would help the district provide  families who don’t live within city limits with free El Paso Public Library cards, which normally cost  $50 per non-resident. 

The 100 causes that receive the most online votes from the public will each win a $25,000  grant; winners will be announced June 7. 

This is the 100th anniversary of the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program – normally,  it awards 40 grants worth $25,000 every year to nonprofit organizations, but it expanded to 100  grants this year in honor of its 100th anniversary, officials said.  

“State Farm Neighborhood Assist truly embodies the spirit of what our company has been  about for 100 years-being a good neighbor,” said Rasheed Merritt, assistant vice president at  State Farm. “We are excited about expanding the program in 2022 to help even more  neighborhoods.” 

Anyone 18 years and older with an email address is encouraged to vote for Ysleta ISD’s  proposal 10 times a day, every day for 10 days, from April 27-May 6, here.  Last year, 125,000 people cast more than 3 million votes in support of their favorite causes,  selecting winners from small towns and big cities. Since the program began in 2012, more than  380 causes have received a total of $10 million to enact change in their communities. The complete list of the 200 grant finalists and more information can be found at  www.neighborhoodassist.com.  

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