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IUPUI and IPS to Create Three Full Service Schools with $2.5 Million Grant

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, IPS Superintendent Eugene G. White, Community Partners Announce Martindale-Brightwood Alliance for Educational Success
IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, IPS Superintendent Eugene G. White, Community Partners Announce Martindale-Brightwood Alliance for Educational Success View print-quality image

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November 5, 2010

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IUPUI’s Community Learning Network is the recipient of a $2.5 million federal grant that will create three full service community schools in the Martindale-Brightwood area.

Working with community partners, IUPUI will help transform James Russell Lowell School 51, Frances W. Parker School 56 and Joyce Kilmer School 69 into learning
environments that meet the academic, social and health needs of more than 700 students.

The federally funded Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) initiative will be announced by Chancellor Charles R. Bantz and Superintendent Eugene G. White during a short ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 5, 2010) at James Russell Lowell #51, 3426 Roosevelt Ave.

The Martindale-Brightwood community is a low-income area located in Indiana’s 7th District. Congressman Andre Carson says, “The best way to impact the lives of our children is to go beyond the classroom and take a community approach. This funding does just that – providing essential services for our children to be healthier and successful. It will go a long way toward strengthening the Martindale Brightwood neighborhood.”

The federal grant will benefit the entire Martindale-Brightwood community of more than 8,000 residents. In addition to after-school activities and other services for youth at the three schools, grant monies will support workforce development and literacy programs for parents. Superintendent White says, “This is a tremendous opportunity to make a huge impact, not just in the lives of our children, but on the well-being of an entire community.”

Many community organizations and agencies will expand the outreach of their collaborations with this grant, providing much-needed services to Martindale-Brightwood students and families. Chancellor Bantz says, “IUPUI has a steady partnership with IPS and longstanding commitment to the full service community schools movement. This grant will allow us to significantly advance a proven strategy for children’s success in school.”

Partners include 100 Black Men; Brightwood Public Library; Boy Scouts of America Indianapolis; Child Care Answers Play and Learn; Choices; Edna Martin Christian Center; Felege Hiywot Garden Center; Gleaners Food Bank; HealthNet; Indy Parks; IU Schools of Education, Nursing and Social Work; Indiana Partnerships Center; Ivy Tech Community College; Learning Well; Martindale-Brightwood Community Development Corporation; and Rebuilding the Wall.

About Martindale-Brightwood
The community is an official service area of the Indiana Community Development Corporation. Its boundaries are 30th Street to the north, Sherman Drive to the east, Massachusetts Avenue/21st Street to the south and the Monon Trail to the west.

About Community Learning Network
Community Learning Network (CLN) is a division of IUPUI and operates the largest continuing education program in Indiana with three IUPUI off-campus Learning Centers.
Each year CLN provides more than 800 continuing education classes and serves more than 9,000 learners in central Indiana. CLN credit programs bring IUPUI college courses to neighborhoods and businesses in the evenings and on the weekend.
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