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Bring Home the Bacon Listserv

Join your colleagues in grant-related discussions!

If you would like to join in discussions with other educators and interested community members, you are invited to join the SchoolGrants' Bring Home the Bacon (BHTB) e-mail list!  All grant-related and/or fundraising for K-12 schools topics are welcome on the BHTB listserv. Please note that as of July 1, 2006, only subscribers to the SchoolGrants Biweekly Newsletter are offered the opportunity to participate on BHTB.

Questions and Answers about the Bring Home the Bacon Email List
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Questions and Answers about the SchoolGrants Bring Home the Bacon Listserv 

What is a listserv?
Joining a listserv like "Bring Home the Bacon" allows you to communicate with other subscribers via e-mail by sending your message to one easy address.  Likewise, when other subscribers send a message to the list's e-mail address, that message goes to all subscribers.  This means that there may be days when you will get many e-mail messages if a topic of particular interest is being discussed on the list.

Is there a digest version available?

Yes.  A digest combines all of the day's individual posts into one nightly email.  Many subscribers find this a convenient way to keep up with the list without receiving many individual posts. A digest does delay receipt of the information posted and sometimes makes it a little more difficult to respond to threads on the list.  

Bring Home the Bacon digests are available in either HTML or Text format.  I recommend the HTML version if possible.  Many people have their email clients set up to send HTML posts.  When such posts are sent to the listserv, those who receive text-formatted digests will receive many lines of HTML coding.  This can be very disconcerting and make reading the digests difficult. 

If you wish to receive the digest version, please complete the comments form. You must provide your email address, first and last name, and which version of the digest you wish to receive in the comments section of the form.  If not stated, you will be subscribed to the HTML Digest. Please state in your email that you wish to receive the daily digest and not individual postings.

Can I advertise on the BHTB listserv?
You may mention services you offer but the listserv is not the right place to advertise goods and services you have available for sale.  BHTB was created for educators to have a place to exchange ideas, tips, and grant and fundraising opportunities. It is a list where colleagues can collaborate with one another as they attempt to provide supplemental programs for their K-12 students, classrooms, and districts.  

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Join the Bring Home the Bacon Listserv

There is no charge to be a member of Bring Home the Bacon listserv. However, as of July 1, 2006, membership is available only to those who also subscribe to the SchoolGrants Biweekly Newsletter. This increases the sense of community and reduces the number of questions posed to the list that were recently answered in an issue of the newsletter.

1.  AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS of SchoolGrants Biweekly Newsletter:
Send a message to Listserv@netpals.lsoft.com
In the body of the message, type the following command:
Please use this option ONLY if you are unable to subscribe using the method above.  

Complete the Comments form to request manual assistance.*
You must include the email address you wish to have subscribed and your first and last names.  I will manually subscribe you to the list.  It may take a week or more to do the manual subscription so you should always attempt to use the automated subscription method listed above before requesting manual subscription.

*Note:  Please do not use the address above to request a subscription to the monthly newsletter.  If you wish to receive the monthly newsletter, you should review subscription options at http://www.schoolgrants.org/newsletter.htm.   

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Other Listserv Commands

Post to the List After you have subscribed to (joined), you use the following address to send your message to every subscriber of the Bring Home the Bacon listserv:


Request Digest Version of the List You may prefer to receive a single digest that contains all of the day's posts to the Bring Home the Bacon listserv.  In order to change your subscription option to "Digest"; use the following: 

Send a message to:
Send the following command (in the body of the message):

View the Archives of the List The archives of the Bring Home the Bacon listserv are available to all subscribers of the list.  Subscribers may view all previous posts by going to:


Unsubscribe from the List Click here to leave the Bring Home the Bacon listserv. It is not necessary to put anything in the subject or message areas of your email.

Sending your unsubscribe request to the list address (BringHomeBacon@netpals.lsoft.com) simply sends your request to all subscribers on the list.  It will not result in you being unsubscribed.

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Bring Home the Bacon Welcome Letter

Welcome to the SchoolGrants "Bring Home the Bacon" e-mail list! Please save this welcome message for future reference!

I would appreciate it if you would submit a brief biography to the list so we can all get to know one another. Please include your name, where you work, the general area of the country where you're located, your grant-writing experience, and anything else you wish to tell us. (If you wish, you can see previously submitted biographies by visiting the list archives.) Rather than hitting "reply to sender" to this message when you submit your bio, please begin a new message addressed to bringhomebacon@netpals.lsoft.com. If you "reply to sender" the message comes directly to me and I will forward it on to the list.

I  hope that there will be a true community spirit of sharing on the list and ask that all responses be made in a friendly and helpful way - we are all here to learn and to share what we've learned... the hard way sometimes...to give ourselves and others the opportunity to benefit from what we've done right and wrong...to put *turf* aside...and to participate in a real spirit of give and take, for the common good. The real payoff  belongs to the children we all serve.

The list no longer allows attachments so the threat of receiving a virus through Bring Home the Bacon is removed.  If someone wants to share an attachment with all the members, send it to me and I will post it to SchoolGrants where it can be downloaded by those interested in it.  You must fully describe the attachment being sent in the body of the message.  I do not routinely open attachments that are sent to me since I get many viruses sent to me when people's machines are infected.

Below are pertinent addresses for the SchoolGrants' Bring Home the Bacon listserv:

To send messages to the list:

To subscribe to the list:

To unsubscribe from the list, send a message to:

If you prefer to receive Digests of the list rather than individual messages, send a request to:
with the following command in the BODY of the message:

List archives will be available to all subscribers to the list. You can access them at http://netpals.lsoft.com/archives/bringhomebacon.html

Please take a moment to review the following list guidelines. They have been developed over the course of time as the list has grown and as suggestions have been made by subscribers.

"Bring Home the Bacon" List Guidelines

1. No question is a "dumb" or stupid one, so please - if you have a question, ask! The Bacon list has some very knowledgeable and helpful individuals on it.

2. The Bacon list is set up so that, when you hit "reply to sender", your response goes to the entire list. If you wish to respond privately to a message posted to the Bacon list, you must copy and paste the email address of the person to whom you wish to respond into the "To" field of your message.

3. When you respond to a message on the list, please delete all but the pertinent parts of the message to which you are responding. Extending this courtesy is especially nice for those listmembers who receive the digest version of the Bacon list. When you leave all the footers and prior messages intact, they have to scroll through a bunch of messages they have already read. Those who receive the digest version of the list also need to be aware and especially careful of this - please delete the digest to which you are responding or you will repost the entire thing to the list again. It might be easiest, especially for our digest subscribers, to set up the Bacon list address (bringhomebacon@netpals.lsoft.com) in your "Address Book" and simply begin a new message each time.

4. Please do not send such responses as "ok", "I agree", or "thanks" to the entire list. This type response is more appropriately sent to the individual to whom the sentiment is directed.

5. On the other hand, if your response is related to grants or fund-raising or supplemental programs, please do send it to the entire list. It is by active participation by all subscribers that we all learn and that we are most able to offer input.

6. If you wish to unsubscribe from the list or have complaints about the way the list is being run, you should not send those messages to the entire subscriber base. The list members cannot help you with administrative issues. You can unsubscribe yourself from the list by clicking here. Simply hit send on the blank email message.

Subscribe and unsubscribe instructions are at the bottom of every post sent to BHTB.  

7. When posting questions to the list, it is helpful if you tell us where you are located, a little about your project, how much funding you desire, when you'd like to begin your project, etc. The more information you can give us, the more likely it is that we will be able to offer suggestions.

8. The Bacon list is currently semi-moderated. Only posts that are on-topic - related to projects / programs / grants / K-12 education are approved to go to the entire list.

9. Make sure your virus protection program is up to date. The WScript.KakWorm has been making the rounds on email lists lately. This particular virus affects only Outlook Express 5, from what I understand. A clean-up program for the KAK virus is located at: http://www.pchell.com/internet/kakworm.shtml. From this site, you can also get a patch from Microsoft that will make your machine invulnerable to the worm. Still, if you are participating on e-mail lists, it is important to have up-to-date virus protection software on your computer! [Threat of virus infection is greatly reduced on the Bacon list due to the fact that it does not accept attachments.]

We're looking forward to the sharing of successes, tips, suggestions, grant opportunities ... if it is grant-related, it is appropriate for posting on this list! Your questions are also welcome here, and the task of answering questions belongs to us all.

Donna Fernandez

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