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news: Press Releases: 2012 August 13: Community Grant Awarded



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Lisa Murray                                                                                            

Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Supports Rhode Island Book Club Aimed at Preventing Summer Reading Loss

Boston, MA, August 13, 2012 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, has awarded a Community Grant to the Reservoir Avenue Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island. The grant will be used to purchase 25 Kindles™ for Summer Book Clubs geared toward struggling readers in grades 3 – 5.

Grant applicant, Joanne Kearns, Grade 4 Classroom Teacher and School Improvement Chairperson said, “Research shows students who do not read over the summer lose up to three months of progress. In an effort to prevent summer reading loss, we have established Summer Book Clubs for struggling and reluctant readers. Students will use Kindles to read books appropriate to their reading level. Teachers will meet with these students once a week to discuss the books in a literature circle format. Students will be encouraged to share a favorite part or a part which interested them. The Kindles will also be used during the school year to continue to encourage and develop lifelong readers.”

According to Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., “Summer reading programs are more than just fun exercises for children to do in the summer – they are vital to their educational and literacy development. We applaud the Reservoir Avenue Elementary School for providing young readers with the tools necessary to support year-long learning success and a life-long love of reading.”

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   

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