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news: Press Releases: 2011 May 9: Community Grant Awarded

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The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Helps New York Elementary School Purchase iPads for Special Education Classes

Boston, MA, May 9, 2011 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from Brown Rudnick LLP, has awarded aCommunity Grant to PS 399 The Stanley Eugene Clark School, a Brooklyn, New York public school serving grades K-5. The grant will be used for the purchase of four iPads and accessories that will be used in special education classes to target specific student learning needs.

Sharon Holliday, a PS 399 The Stanley Eugene Clark School teacher and grant applicant,said, "Students in special education have individualized education plans that requireteachers to customize their learning. Thanks to the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation grant, we can bring iPads into the classroom to address those specific needs. Students with cognitive disabilities will use specific iPad applications to target reading, math, writing, and social skills. Also, alternative test formats will be created on the device for those students who have been ‘mainstreamed’ into regular classrooms.”

Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., added, "Increasingly, technology is being integrated into many aspects of the classroom to help students learn across multiple subjects. The use of this technology offers particularly promise in teaching students with special needs and, so, we are pleased to support PS 399’s special education curriculum in this manner.”

Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York or Washington DC within the coming year. The Foundation will generally consider grant applications monthly and award grants in an amount totaling not more than $2000 in any one month. The grant applications and an explanation of the program can be found at www.brownrudnickcenter.com/foundation/communitygrant.asp.

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