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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Helps

Robotics Club at Bronx Charter School for Better Learning Build FIRST Lego League Team


Boston, MA, November, 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 The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning (BBL) in Bronx, New York. The grant supports the school’s STEM curriculum by helping a student team from the Robotics Club to compete in a FIRST Lego League competition. As participants in this league, students are challenged to research a real-world problem and develop an innovative solution, using Lego robots that they build from kits. Specifically, the Foundation grant will be used to purchase the Lego kits and other materials, as well as team jerseys.


Alison Stuart, Fifth Grade Teaching Assistant and Robotics Club Advisor at The BBL and grant applicant, said, “As an advisor to the Robotics Club, I wanted to provide students with an opportunity to explore STEM concepts, while working as a team in the FIRST Lego League competition. The grant dollars will allow us to provide students with more resources that allows them to build a wider range of robot types and expand their imaginations.”


Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp, said, “Quality after-school programs and clubs can increase students interest in learning and help them reach their full potential. We are happy to support The BBL and its Robotics Club to further encourage STEM-based learning.”


This is the third Community Grant awarded to The BBL. In 2013, a grant supported an existing BBL arts curriculum by introducing fourth-grade students to painting on canvas. In 2015, a second Community Grant helped purchase art supplies for a fifth-grade arts 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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