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

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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Supports New York Public School’s Music Education Program

Boston, MA, November 26, 2012 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, awarded a Community Grant to P.S. 193, an elementary school in Brooklyn, New York.  The grant will allow up to 150 of the school’s students to participate in “Opera Is Elementary,” a New York City Opera program for elementary-school students. With the Foundation’s support, the children will hear live, high-quality music performances that aim to inspire them to partake in more cultural offerings in New York City.

Grant applicant and P.S. 193 teacher, Laura Miriam Strasberg, said, “Our school has participated in the New York City Opera program for students, Opera Is Elementary, for many years. However, because of budget constraints, we have had to drop this program. With support from the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation, we can renew our participation and expose our students to a form of music they likely have never experienced. This particular opera relates to the literacy curriculum as well, and students will study the book Alice in Wonderland with their classroom teachers.”

According to Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., “Music education offers a host of benefits to young students. Many studies have shown that introducing young children to a variety of instruments, choral arrangements, and styles of music enhances their educational experience and fosters their academic, social, and emotional growth. We are pleased to support P.S. 193.”

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.

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