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news: Press Releases: 2013 January 17: Community Grant to Harlem Academy

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Educational Grant from Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Helps New York’s Harlem Academy Update Its School Library

Boston, MA, January 17, 2013 – 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 Harlem Academy, an independent day school in New York City that prepares bright, motivated, inner-city students in grades one through eight for success at top secondary schools. The grant will enable the school to update its electronic cataloging services for students in the school library so students can more easily check out books.

“Literacy is a core area of focus at Harlem Academy, and independent reading helps cultivate a life-long love of reading. We hope to ensure all of our students have access to an extensive library, allowing them to continually expand their vocabularies and knowledge,” said Celia Dillon, Harlem Academy teacher and grant applicant. “We are grateful to the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation for helping fund an updated electronic catalog system, which will better support the literacy growth of our students.”

Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., added, “Limited family income, which often means an absence of books in the home, provides a challenge for students to be able to cultivate an interest in reading for pleasure outside of school. We are pleased to help Harlem Academy update its library so that students can learn to read for pleasure, which is integral for students to increase their competency in 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, London, 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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