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New Funding Promises a Bright Future for Brooklyn Connections!

Aug 29, 2011 12:28 PM | 0 comments

The Brooklyn Collection is thrilled to announce that it has received an exciting two-year, $200,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation for the Brooklyn Connections program!  With additional generous support from the Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund, the Tiger Baron Foundation and Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, the program will continue to be available at no cost to Brooklyn classrooms through the 2012-13 school year.  We are especially pleased to acknowledge this renewed support from New York Life Foundation, whose initial funding made it possible to pilot the program in 2007.

Thanks to our generous program funders, Brooklyn Connections will be able to expand in several important ways:

*Additional staffing will allow us to serve an impressive 20 partner schools in 2011-12 and 25 partner schools in 2012-13.

*Over the next two years, we will work with our first three high school partners in the hopes of making our program more accessible to all upper-grade students and teachers in need.

*Each partner school will receive a core collection of Brooklyn history books and materials, ensuring that research can take place in the library AND in the classroom.

*Connections staff will organize free teacher workshops that will focus on developing research skills in the classroom.  These sessions will be open to all New York City teachers!

*A re-designed website will expand our presence on the web and make our resources more easily accessible to current partners and other students and teachers across New York City and beyond.

If you are a teacher, school administrator, parent or other education-minded Brooklynite that's interested in bringing Brooklyn Connections to a classroom near you, please check out our website.  Our 2011-12 application is available and ready for you.  With more staff power, classroom materials and online support, there's never been a better time to join us.  Please stay tuned to Brooklynology for more information about upcoming teacher workshops and other outreach initiatives.