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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Helps Establish School Newspaper in Providence Charter School

Boston, MA, January 27, 2014 – 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 Highlander Charter School in Providence, RI for the purchase of supplies to help establish a student created school newspaper.

Commenting on the importance of the grant, Soljane Quiles, Highlander Charter School teacher and grant applicant, said, ““Freedom of the Press is a vital right protected under our Constitution, thus having a student-written and managed newspaper reinforces the civic rights and responsibilities they learn about in my class. Under my supervision, the middle school students will work in teams to research and write articles and lay out the publication for print, reinforcing the 21st century skills they need to compete in our global market, including dialogue through reasoned debate ignited by editorials. We are excited to launch this interesting and fun initiative at our school, and we are grateful for the support of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation.”

Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., said, “Journalism in schools provides students with a variety of life skills such as analytical thinking, strong writing and research abilities, and a sense of teamwork. It also simulates a work environment, which will give students a taste of real-world experience. We are happy to support this innovative education program.”

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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