LOS ANGELES – City National Bank today announced that it has awarded110 Reading is The way up® literacy grants totaling more than $96,000 to support literacy-based projects at elementary, middle and high schools in California, Nevada, New York and Georgia.
(See attached list of all grant recipients or visitwww.readingisthewayup.org/literacy.php.)
Reading is The way up is the award-winning literacy initiative through which City National has donated more than 170,000 books to elementary school libraries in California, Nevada, New York, Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia, and awarded nearly 750 teacher grants to enhance literacy totaling over $600,000 since the program’s inception in 2002.
The grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 will help augment or expand literacy projects that were judged to be creative and engaging, and that would have a tangible effect on student achievement. The winning programs are expected to directly improve literacy to more than 15,000 students in 108 schools throughout California, Nevada, New York and Georgia.
The educators receiving literacy grants were selected from among the many full-time teachers, librarians, administrators and school media specialists who submitted an online application.  The one-page application was available to educators in every school district throughout the bank’s footprint in California, Nevada, New York and Georgia.
“We wanted to do something special for our 2012-2013 literacy grant program since it marked the 10th anniversary of our literacy program and we believe we achieved our goal,” said Carolyn Rodriguez, vice president and manager of Reading is The way up for City National. “This year’s program awarded a record number of grants to the most educators and schools in the history of the program, which ultimately improves the educational experience for both educators and students.”
About Reading is The way up®
Seeking to better the education of our future leaders, City National in April 2002 launched a multi-faceted initiative to restock the state's school library system.
Since then, the award-winning program has:
  • Donated more than 170,000 books to California, Nevada, New York, Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia school libraries.
  • Awarded over $600,000 to teachers at elementary, middle and high schools for creative literacy projects.
  • Supports strategic partnerships such as the Children’s Defense Fund-Los Angeles Urban Lights Freedom Schools program; Jump Start Early Education; Public Foundation Education.
  • Received the 2005 President’s Volunteer Service Award, the 2005 Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Los Angeles Public Library, the 2006 Corporate Award from the Getty House Foundation, the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Corporate Citizen Award, and honored as the 2007 Corporate Visionary Partner by the Wonder of Reading.

The Reading is the Way Up Fund is a 501(c)(3) administered by the California Community Foundation.  For more information, visitwww.readingisthewayup.org.


City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN). It is backed by $28.6 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 78 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $56.7 billion in client investment assets, including $38.2 billion under direct management.
For more information about City National, visit the company’s Website atcnb.com.
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Reading is The way up
2013 Literacy Grant Recipients
California Teachers, Schools and Literacy Project
  • Nicole Hasenbein, Alhambra High School, “Reading Sparks More Learning”
  • Shelia Sutton, Mark Keppel High School, “Overcoming Hardships”
  • Eric Slay, Betsy Ross Elementary, “The Super High-Interest Reading Library!”
Apple Valley
  • Elizabeth Aburto, Yucca Loma Elementary, “From Sci-Fi to Science”
  • Debbie Hill, Gladestone Street Elementary, “We Like Reading About Real Things”
  • Gina Claudeanos, The Academy, “The Academy K-8 Creative Writing Project”
  • Joal Arvanigian, Oxford Elementary, “Notification Books for After School Reading Club”
  • Nicole Scheppers, St. John Eudes, “Words Their Way”
  • Maggie GrosJean, Glen Oak Elementary, “Really Radical Reader”
Culver City
  • Tina Rezac, El Rincon Elementary, “Listening to Learn: Reading with mp3 Players”
  • Ruth Mischkot, Encino Elementary, “Exploring American History Through Fiction”
  • Laura Eckels, Reidy Creek Elementary, “Informative Writing Using the Common Core Standard”
  • Mike Jaffe, Verdugo Woodlands Elementary, “Dual Language Literacy Library”
  • Carrie Brumfield, La Fetra Elementary, “RIF”
  • Laurel Dreher, Hawthorne High School, “Text and Images”
  • Linda Santillan, Colonial Acres Elementary, “A Gentleman’s Club”
  • Jae Kim, St. John Chrysostom, “Bringing Books to Life”
  • Amy Fedderly, Myford Elementary, “Readers Workshop with Non-Fiction Books”
La Canada
  • Claire Lawyer, The Hillside School and Learning Center, “Access to Auditory Texts for all Students
Long Beach
  • Damita Myers-Miller, Jackie Robinson Academy, “Science Beyond the Bell”
Los Angeles
  • Vanessa Bedolla, Vista Charter Middle School, “Motivating Young Readers”
  • William Bertrand, Solano Avenue Elementary, “Read With Me Book Club”
  • James Carmicle, Hollywood High School, “Turn It In Plagiarism Program”
  • Diane Cordingley, Rockdale Elementary, “Estella’s Swap-Rockdale Elementary”
  • Paula Cordoba, Aldama Elementary, “Accelerated Reader”
  • Karen Cusolito, Hollywood Senior High, “Supplementary Books”
  • Marina Duff, Young Oak Kim Academy, “Rocket Readers Lift Off”
  • Greg Gero, Farmdale Elementary, “Soaring Hawks Reading Club”
  • Karen Gibler, Esteban E. Torres High School, “Kick-Off to National Team Read Week”
  • Katy Hickman, City of Angels, “Circle of Silence Author Visit and Book Getaway”
  • Myrtle Keefe, Wonderland Ave. Elementary, “Wonderland Treasure Trove of Reading”
  • Sheila Lewis, Woodcrest Elementary, “Focus-Read-Comprehend”
  • Terry Moren, Kenter Canyon Elementary, “Books for Boys”
  • Jill O”Brien, Carthay Center Elementary, “Building Our Class Library”
  • C. Pinfold, Carthay Center Elementary, “Classroom Library”
  • Fred Quintrell, Hollenbeck Middle School, “STEM Career Pathways: Classroom Literature Project”
  • Stacy Robbins, Canfield Avenue Elementary, “Reading in the Round Literature Circles”
  • Vivian Salvi, Farmdale Elementary International Baccalaureate World School, “Lending Libraries”
  • Carol Tanzman, Bushnell Way Elementary, “Estella’s Swap-Bushnell Way”
  • Laurie Tobenkin, Hollywood Senior High, “Turnitin Plagiarism Program”
  • Kira Walker, Open Charter Magnet School, “Avatar: Legend of the Bookbenders Readathon”
  • Bonny Schleicher, Steller Academy For Dyslexics, “Today’s Science”
  • Cynthia Reichwein, St. Linus School, ”Accelerated Reader for All”
  • Stephanie Robillard, Westlake Middle School, ”First Annual Westlake Teen Choice Awards”
  • Michelle Flowers, Orchard Park School, “Books to Build the Foundation of Reading”
  • Margery Ricards, Rio Mesa High School, “Blogging About Books”
  • Erica Silva, Bert Corona Charter School, “We Are Readers”
Pico Rivera
  • Karen Arellano, North Park Middle School, “Literature Circles”
  • Chris Lee, Pleasanton Middle, “Audio Books and Software”
  • Kathy Bowman, Polytechnic High School, “What Happened to Volume 17?”
  • Tracy Lech, Loma Vista Middle School, “Loma Vista Middle School Book Clubs”
  • Mary McAllister-Parsons, Twinhill Elementary, “Creating A Path of Success with Birthday Books”
San Diego
  • Sharon Fargason, Fay Elementary, “Independent Reading”
  • Lia Mueller, High Tech High Media Arts, “Urban Food Forest”
  • Margaret Noble, High Tech High Media Arts, “True Stories”
San Francisco
  • Mark Isero, City Arts and Technology High School, “ Bystanders and Upstanders”
San Gabriel
  • Jeanette Johnson, Emperor Elementary, “Goo-Goo for Graphic Novels”
  • Karen Johnston, San Gabriel High School, “I’d Rather Be Reading”
San Jose
  • Mary Martinez, Herbert Hoover Middle School, “Reading Campaign”
San Leandro
  • Lynne Kennedy Mullen, St. Leander School, “John Steinbeck Immersion Trip”
San Mateo
  • Rosemary Stuebing, St Timothy School, “Literacy Circles”
Santa Monica
  • Michael Browning, Saint Anne School, “After School Literacy Project”
San Ramon
  • Megan Keefer, Dougherty Valley High School, “Artist in Residence – Cal Shakes”
Simi Valley
  • Denise Aiani, Garden Grove Elementary, “Tolerance Through Literature”
  • Bonny Porter, Knolls Elementary, “Literacy Projects”
Solana Beach
  • Michelle Glenn, Santa Fe Christian Schools, “R&G are Dead, but Literature Lives!”
  • Adina Braatz, St Cecilia School, “iPad YouPad”
Valley Village
  • Sari Goodman, Adat Ari El Day School, “Book It”
Walnut Park
  • Rigoberto Vera, Academia Moderna School, “STEM Fair”
West Covina
  • Olivia Carrillo, St. Christopher Parish School, “Progress With Reading”
  • Alice Love, Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired, “Hi-Five Readers Project”
Nevada Teacher, Schools and Literacy Project
  • Julianne Szabo, J.L. Bowler Elementary, “Books for a Happier Life”
  • Kelley Welykholowa, Gene Scarselli Elementary, “Kan-do Kin-dle Kids!”
  • Diane Lizotte, Fay Galloway Elementary, “The Reading Café”
  • Alicia Clarke, Frank Lamping Elementary, “Literacy Materials”
  • Rebecca Williams, James L. Gibson School, “Book Club”
Las Vegas
  • Jamie Butler, William & Mary Scherkenbach Elementary, “Reading Blog Book Club”
  • Kelli Compton, West Career and Technical Academy, “Online Learning Application Project”
  • Michelle D’Alessio, Roger Gehring, “Wonderful World of Words”
  • David Frydman, Helen Jydstrup Elementary, “Reading is The Way Up for Science”
  • Abbe Elwell, Kay Carl Elementary, “Project Nonfiction and Informational Text”
  • Jessica Gandy, Biltmore Continuation High School, “10 Minute Reading Breaks”
  • Dawn Gustafson, Explore Knowledge Academy, “Big Books Build Better Readers”
  • Michele Haldeman, Wendell P. Williams Elementary, “Soaring Like An Eagle Reading”
  • Jill Kotas, Manueles Cortez Elementary, “Reading is Essential”
  • Colleen Martinson, Dell Robinson Middle School, “Reading and National Geographic Explorer”
  • Jenny Rivera, Rex Bell Elementary, “Kindergarten Daily 5 Literacy Program”
  • Janice Ross, Jack Dailey Elementary, “Time 4 Kids Newsletter”
  • Patty Rosales, Arturo Cambeiro Elementary, “Informational Text for Independent Readers”
  • Heather Scheer, Joseph Neal Elementary, “STEM Books”
  • Bobbie Sepulveda, Centennial High School, “Scholastic Reading Counts Books”
  • Teresa Sorani, William Ferron Elementary, “Building a Multilevel Nonfiction Classroom Library”
  • Katharine Shipley, Douglas High School, “Kindles to Increase Literacy”
North Las Vegas
  • Karen Egger, Fay Herron Elementary, “Apps for iPads”
New York Teacher, School and Project
  • Amy Feinstein, High School for Violin and Dance, “Writing South Bronx Lives”
New York City
  • Adma Kinory, School of the Future High School, “News at 10 Creating Student Journalists”
  • Nicholas Kuroly, Lower Manhattan Community Middle School, “Boys Read”
  • Rahcel Tsivitis, Lower Eastside Preparatory High School, Lower Eastside Prep Book Club”
Staten Island
  • Vicky Fioravante, P.S. 16 John J. Driscoll, “eBooks in the Classroom”
  • Kayla Witman, Waverly Middle School, “Waverly Book Club”
Georgia Teacher, School and Project
  • Kamaria Shauri, Peachtree Charter Middle School, “Literature to Increase Learning”
  • Brenda Rich, South Cobb High School, “Reading Can Be Fun, Pass It On!”
  • Sabrina Grant, West Newton Elementary, “Comic Relief: Graphic Novels”
  • Lisa Moore, Dacula Elementary, “Non-Fiction Text Collection”
  • Dene Rantin, Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy, “The Reading Zone”
  • Lori Steinerd, International Community School, “Traditional Japanese Haiku and Sumi Painting”
  • Heather Deal, Stewart Middle School, “From Reading to Being”
  • Kelli Sowerbrower, Newnan High School, “Family Literacy Night”
  • Deborah Ball, Community Christian School, “Readers are Leaders”
  • Betsy Sierra, Stockbridge Middle School, “Guys Read Science and History Project”