Boston, MA, May 14, 2018 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, has awarded a Community Grant to P.S. 116 Mary Lindley Murray Elementary School in New York, NY to support its Breakfast with Books program. Initiated by the Parent Teacher Association of P.S. 116, the program invites students who arrive early to school to read independently in a classroom before class begins. The Community Grant will help purchase six laptops and headphones to create listening stations for these early-arrival students.
Andrea LaRocca, Reading Recovery Teacher at P.S. 116 and grant applicant, said, “The addition of laptops for our Breakfast with Books program will give students access to over 6,000 age-appropriate books through the MyOn Reading Program, which records each child’s reading session and evaluates their comprehension with a quiz. It is my goal to use Breakfast with Books as a model that can be expanded school-wide to give all children access to more books and to provide a better evaluation system for teachers to understand each child’s individual reading needs.”
Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp. said, “We are happy to support innovative educational programs that meet a specific need in student learning, such as P.S. 116 and its Breakfast with Books program. We hope the program will encourage independent reading among inner-city students as a way to improve literacy skills.”
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, London, Orange County, 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/community-grant.
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