Pioneer Park receives grant to purchase computers

WESTON — The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children has allocated a total of $150,000 in grants to three schools in Florida. Gertrude K. Edelman/Sabal Palm Elementary in North Miami Beach, Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School in Jacksonville and Pioneer Park Elementary (PPE) School in Belle Glade will each receive $50,000.

The Council for Educational Change, a statewide nonprofit organization, is the conduit for the grant allocations. The Council identified schools that would receive the greatest benefit from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund, administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and consulted with each school principal in the application processes. The Council’s mission is to provide school principals and their school leadership team with the resources and support necessary to achieve significant improvement in the academic performance of their students.

Since 2008, the Leonore Annenberg School Fund has provided $1.2 million to elementary schools across Florida. The funds will help furnish schools with resources such as computers and educational technology, support for arts programs, library upgrades, and new books and e-readers for classrooms and libraries.

Pioneer Park Elementary School in Palm Beach County plans to purchase tablet computers and educational technology to support student-centered learning in classrooms and the media center and foster interdisciplinary instruction.

“For a decade, support from the Leonore Annenberg Fund has helped provide additional resources to our public schools across Florida, helping to further the Council’s mission of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to achieve academic success,” said Dr. Elaine Liftin, president and executive director of the Council for Educational Change. “These funds give principals and their leadership staff the opportunity to bring the level of education in their schools to a higher level. Our goal is to help principals graduate students with the required skills to fill high-paying jobs, which often go unfilled due to a skills’ mismatch.”

Overall, nine public elementary schools in three states, including New York and Tennessee, will also receive grants of $50,000 each. These grants mark the final year of grants from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children, which will have given a total of $7 million to 91 public elementary schools that are in financial need and serve a high proportion of children from families living in poverty.

“The Leonore Annenberg School Fund has sought to create new learning opportunities for public elementary school students,” said Gail Levin, Ph.D., director of the program, which is administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. “We are grateful for the steady, hands-on support of our regional partner organizations, the commitment and passion of teachers and staff in each recipient school, and especially the children who gave joy and meaning to our collective efforts.”

About the Council for Educational Change: The Council for Educational Change is a statewide, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to focus on LEADERSHIP to improve student achievement and address critical issues in education. Leonard Miller founded the Council for Educational Change in 2003, as the successor organization of the South Florida Annenberg  Challenge. Based in Weston, the Council is led by a Board of Trustees. Some of its accomplishments include the creation of the Executive PASS© program, which forms a partnership between a business leader and a school principal to share business strategies to bring positive changes to the school. The Council also has a three-year matching grant executive partnership program in which a CEO mentors a school principal and commits up to $100,000 to develop and fund strategic plans to create a culture of excellence and success. For more information visit: http://www.changeeducation.org

About the Leonore Annenberg School Fund: The school fund is part of the Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, Fellowship, and School Funds, which also provide four-year college scholarships to high school students who have overcome challenging circumstances, and career development support to emerging artists. As of June 2016, the Leonore Annenberg Funds will have committed more than $19 million to public Schools, college students, and arts fellows.

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