Monday, January 23, 2012

Community organization wins big...again

Talk about a boost in fundraising. Today Congreso de Latinos Unidos announced the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has awarded Philadelphia non-profit Congreso $1.5 million over three years as a 21st Century Community Learning Challenge Grant awardee. Congreso was one of 119 applicants, and one of only 57 award recipients in Pennsylvania selected to receive this federal funding, established under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The grant will help Congreso serve 420 students through existing and expanded programming at Clemente, Fairhill and Sheppard Elementary Schools as well as Edison High School. A wonderful opportunity, hopefully this funding helps keep our children out the streets and safe. I also hope there was research to back up the "existing and expanded programming" considering new initiatives always work with backed up research.

Did you also know Congreso is in the middle of building a third building on N. American Street? This new building, a 57,000 square-foot, three-story space, will house Pan American Academy Charter School and Harcum College at Congreso, educational components of the agency’s cradle to career pipeline of services. Here's to a great future for our gente!
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