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news: Press Releases: 2012 April 26: Community Grant Awarded

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Educational Grant from the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Helps New York’s P.S. 32 School to Grow Gardening Curriculum

Boston, MA, April 26, 2012 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from Brown Rudnick LLP, today announced that it has awarded a Community Grant to the P.S. 32 School in Brooklyn, New York to expand a garden curriculum that was established in the 2010-11 academic year. The grant will allow the school to purchase a storage shed and gardening tools that will be used to tend the school’s five raised garden beds. P.S. 32 aims to create a community garden that offers its students and families the opportunity to participate in a hands-on applied learning experience.

Adam Marcus, P.S. 32 librarian and grant applicant, said, “This garden program establishes real-life connections to learning that facilitates the growth of our students, both academically and socially. We will offer Pre-K to Fifth Grade students a curriculum that includes the scientific, social, cultural, economic and global impacts of agriculture in society, with a specific focus on the need for and creation of an urban edible garden.”

Albert W. Wallis, executive director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., commented, “There is a national movement to create schools that are community centers. Studies have revealed that these programs offer many benefits including improvements in academic performance, greater parental involvement, improved nutritional intake, and a sense of ownership and attachment to the school for all stakeholders. We applaud schools such as P.S. 32 that are implementing such programs.”

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 http://www.brownrudnickcenter.com/foundation/communitygrant.asp.

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