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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Supports Literacy Program at Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, Massachusetts

Boston, MA, March 24, 2016 – 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 Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, MA to support a literacy program that will help 6th-grade students with learning disabilities to achieve grade-level reading. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase Lexia Reading Core5 applications, a standing desk, and phonics books to create a multi-sensory learning environment with age-appropriate content for increased student engagement and improved literacy.

Stephanie Crement, Edwards Middle School Special Education Teacher and grant applicant, said, “My students present with language-based learning disabilities and specific learning disabilities, which means their instruction must be systematic, multi-sensory, and explicit.  The difficulty they experience with decoding text makes it very challenging for them to access text in any content area. Thanks to the support of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation, we can offer these students a specialized learning environment.”

Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp, said, “We are pleased to support the Edwards Middle School. This type of literacy program for special needs students is important for their academic achievement and success both inside and outside of the classroom.”

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

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