CPL Funding is available only to members of CAMWS. If you aren't a member of CAMWS, then it's not too late to join! You can find membership information here
Proxima cognati dixere Caristia cari,
et venit ad socios turba propinqua deos
Ovid, Fasti 2.617-618
The Roman festival known as the Caristia took place on the 22nd of February (VIII Kal. Mart). A time for family members to reunite and renew their ties, the Caristia involved a potluck meal.
CPL would like to send you money to help you bring your classroom "family" together for a gathering. All you need to do to apply is complete and send in a simple application (online or downloaded pdf). You could use a Caristia grant to help defray the costs of
- a field trip to a museum
- a birthday party for Augustus
- a birthday party for Rome
- a poetry reading
- a family fun day
- going to TJCL 2009
- a post-victory celebration
- an Eta Sigma Phi initiation and senior recognition reception
- inviting someone to speak to your class
- traveling to a state convention
- purchasing a buzzer system for certamen events
- competing in the World Languages Academic Bowl 2009
- an ice cream social
- performing a ritual
- or a simple Caristia banquet
Use your imagination. We want to give you money to support your program and to foster interest in Latin and Classical culture.
Once you receive the money, we will ask only that you do two things for us:
- indicate as appropriate that the occasion received support from CAMWS
- have someone take a digital photograph of your gathering, which you will then send to email@example.com, and we will put it up on our website.
We want as many CAMWS members as possible to take advantage of this grant. It will be a wonderful way for CAMWS to help you, and once your photographs are up on the webpage, it is a way for all of us and and our students to get to know each other.
Classicists are, in essence, bridge-makers (pontifices). It is sobering to realize that those who study and teach the ancient world are the only means of connecting the present with the past—the only ones who make possible that ongoing conversation between our children and our parents and grandparents which is the basis of Western culture. Now, especially in times of economic crisis, many of those bridges are in danger of being weakened or destroyed.
CAMWS’s primary mission in the 21st century is to strengthen existing bridges and build new ones. The main way we do this is through supporting those who teach the Classics in our schools and universities. Through encouraging outreach outside school settings, we hope to help build bridges to the larger community. We also seek to form more bridges between the various levels of our profession. We are therefore unveiling our new
(Bridge Initiative Grant) program, an ongoing campaign that will boost in a powerful way the work of the CAMWS Committee for the Promotion of Latin (CPL). We hope to do this both by increasing dramatically the number of grants and by making sure that each grant has the highest impact.
The CPL has always sought to encourage any and all activities that promote the Classics, both in and outside of schools: toga parties, plays, videos, reading groups, rallies, Classics Days, etc. But we also want to increase awareness, at each educational level of our Classics community, of the good things that are being done at other levels. Now more than ever, K-12 teachers and college teachers need to be supporting and communicating with one another on a regular basis. The BIG program is designed to facilitate this support and communication.
- Requests for CPL are submitted to the chair of CPL (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to the Secretary-Treasurer (email@example.com).
- The chair of the CPL then confirms from the CAMWS office that the grant applicant is a member of CAMWS and sends the request to the appropriate state vice president. (This should be done on the same day that the request is received!)
- The state vice president recommends whether the request should be approved or denied (usually providing a justification in the latter case).
- The chair then contacts the Regional Vice President.
- The Regional Vice President then approves or refuses the request.
- The Regional Vice President submits the form to the Chair of the CPL for final consideration.
- If approved by the Chair of the CPL, the form is sent to the Secretary-Treasurer, who in turn, issues the necessary checks.
- If not approved, the Chair of the CPL informs the person submitting the original request that it has not be approved. The Chair may suggest possible ways to amend the request so that its acceptance might be granted when resubmitted. Copies of this correspondence are sent to the appropriate State and Regional Vice Presidents, as well.
While the members of the CPL try to act upon request quickly, as much time as possible should be allowed for this process. It sometimes takes a while for the final decision/check to reach the party making the request for funds.