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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Supports the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Read It and Sleep Program in Hartford, Connecticut

Boston, MA, October 7, 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 the Charter Oak Cultural Center for its Read It and Sleep program, a free family reading event that invites Hartford children and their families to hear a story read to them by a community leader or a local author, enjoy healthy snacks and take home a copy of the book for their families to read together.  In 2011, the Foundation awarded a Community Grant to Charter Oak in support of this same program. According to the Charter Oak Youth Arts Institute Director and grant applicant, Saige Dupont, “Each year, the program serves about 200 Hartford-area children and caregivers, and we have recently linked the program with our popular monthly family dinners. One of the main goals of Read It and Sleep is to build family literacy in a fun and engaging way that fosters a deep connection with the book that is read. The goal is to increase interest in reading among young children and families.” Commenting on the grant, Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., said, “Early reading is one of the key factors that can help to close the academic achievement gap. A recent study demonstrated that low-income students who are not reading well by the third grade are much less likely to graduate high school. By supporting literacy programs such as Read It and Sleep, we are encouraging children to become life-long readers, and helping to establish good habits that keep students on the path toward graduation.”

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


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