Berneeta Campbell was a lifelong educator and former member of MRA, who spent nearly five decades working with students. Her profession saw tremendous change during her career, given that she began teaching in a one room school house in Butternut Township, MN, and retired from a modern elementary school in Lake Crystal, MN. Berneeta’s passion and expertise for reading was evident in her relentless approach to work with all students, but especially those who struggled to read. Through the years, Berneeta stood out as an educator because she never stopped learning about how to improve her craft. She once said, “I’ve come to learn that life is like a classroom, for each day life offers me an opportunity to learn.” This memorial honors not only the spirit of Berneeta, but also those who share an equal passion for furthering and advancing literacy instruction at the elementary level through innovative practices.
The Berneeta Campbell Memorial Grant is a $500 grant awarded to a teacher or program that offers an innovative classroom approach to elementary students in literacy instruction.
Deadline: February, 2017
Projects must be completed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Selection Criteria and Point Values
20 NEEDS ASSESSMENT: Project demonstrates a need for the project.
20 TARGET POPULATION: Target population is identified, along with the extent
to which the project benefits preschool through adult learners and involves parents, teachers, administrators, and the community.
20 CREATIVITY: Project features a unique approach to promoting reading
15 OBJECTIVES: Project objectives are clear and are based on the needs of
the target population.
15 PRACTICALITY: Project’s activities or results are related to programs within the educational institution or the community.
10 DISSEMINATION: The extent to which the project can be disseminated to other MRA Members
1. Non-profit groups, schools and homeschools (represented by an MRA member) are eligible to apply.
2. Grant recipients must wait one year before reapplying.
3. Grant recipients must fulfill the following responsibilities:
-complete an evaluation form
-recognize MRA on all materials and books supported by grant (a rubber stamp will be supplied for stamping books)
-submit an article to MRA Newsletter; Highlights about the grant project
To apply for the grant, download the application from this page and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.