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April/May 2023

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The LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grant and Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa was created to promote human and civil rights by making our public schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning+ persons. The program was renamed in 2009 in memory of CTA member and educator Guy DeRosa, who was a lifelong advocate for civil and human rights and LGBTQ+ issues. • The grant program supports groups, projects and presentations that promote understanding of and respect for LGBTQ+ persons. Grants are used directly with students. Special consideration is given to projects that recognize, promote and celebrate ethnic diversity and other diver- sity among LGBTQ+ youth. • The scholarship program supports self-identified LGBTQ+ members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who are pursuing a career in public education and who understand the impor- tance of LGBTQ+ educators as role models in our public schools. Active CTA/SCTA members, or public school students sponsored by an active CTA/SCTA member, are eligible to apply. Award amounts are up to $2,500. Apply now! Deadline is May 31. LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grants and Scholarships MAY: Better Hearing & Speech Month Better Hearing & Speech Month is an opportunity to raise aware- ness about communication disorders. "It's a Noisy Planet" offers a teacher toolkit to help educators teach children in grades 2-6 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The science-based classroom presentation explains what sound is, how sound travels through the ear, how loud sounds can dam- age hearing over time, and how to protect your hearing. Find it at A L I C E P I P E R was a 15-year-old Paiute girl residing in Big Pine, Inyo County, who was denied entry to Big Pine High School in 1923 due to her race. (California educational law then prohibited Native Americans from attending a public school if a government-run Indian school was within three miles of the public school.) Piper and six other Indian children sued the district for the right to attend. On June 2, 1924, the California Supreme Court unani- mously ruled in her favor in the case Piper v. Big Pine, thus opening the door Native American children to attend public schools in California. Alice Piper Day JUNE 2 8 In the Know C A L E N D A R

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