ADA — Homer Elementary is one of more than 56,000 schools and public libraries across the nation awarded the Picturing America Program. Picturing America is a free initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that helps teach American history and culture by bringing some of the country’s great art directly to classrooms and libraries.

“We are so pleased to receive Picturing America,” said Lisa Shores, Homer fifth grade teacher. “This program will really enrich classroom/library learning by allowing our students/patrons immediate access to some of the Nation’s most important art.”

Homer Elementary School was awarded 40 large, high-quality reproductions of great American art and a comprehensive teacher’s resource book to facilitate the use of the works of art in core subjects. Picturing America’s resources are designed to allow each work of art to enhance the study of American history, social studies, language arts, literature and civics.

“I really like learning about history through the pictures,” said Blake Bevers. “Using the art helps me understand how people felt in the past, and to see what their lives were like.”

“The Endowment is delighted that so many students and citizens across the nation will be benefiting from Picturing America," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. “Picturing America helps us understand our democracy by bringing us face to face with the people, places, and events that have shaped our country. It provided an innovative way to experience America’s history through the nation’s art.”

First piloted to 1,500 schools in January 2008, the program was launched nationally in February 2008 and awarded to more than 26,000 schools and public libraries across the country in the first application period. During the second application period from Aug. 4 through Nov. 14, 2008, more than 29,000 schools and public libraries received Picturing America awards. In addition to schools and public libraries, through a partnership with NEH, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Head Start has made Picturing America available to the 20,000 Head Start centers across the nation. To dare, over 76,000 schools, public libraries, and Head Start centers nationwide have been awarded this free education resource.

Picturing America recipient schools and public libraries are located in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and five U. S. Territories. District-wide applications during both application periods have brought Picturing America to major public school districts in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and San Francisco, as well as to school and library districts in Washington, DC.

In Southern Oklahoma, several institutions have been awarded Picturing America. A complete list of recipient schools and public libraries by city and state can be found by visiting the media page of the Picturing America Web site at: http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/publicawards.php.

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