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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Helps

Garden Station Grow at Providence Head Start Program

Boston, MA, August 10, 2015 – 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 Children’s Friend in Providence, RI to support an indoor garden station at the Head Start Friendship Center. Specifically, the grant will help purchase indoor greenhouses for each classroom, along with books, pots, seeds, tools and soil.

Jessica Iiams, Children’s Friend Head Start teacher and grant applicant, said, “One of the most significant differences between the education of rural and urban children is the lack of experience with nature for those living in the inner city. Many educators believe that making connections to the natural world is important to the education and well-being of children, which is why we think it is important to create this garden station. Thanks to the Foundation’s support, our teachers will be able to create year-long growing projects in which all domains of learning can occur.”

Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp, said, “The Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Providence Head Start program, and we are pleased to offer our additional funding for 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, 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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