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The Learning Community Annual Fund

You walk to school at 7:45 to be greeted by Ms. Maria, check out the last in your favorite book series from the family lending library and head upstairs to breakfast. Today you will study angle congruence in math, meet with your teacher for a one-on-one reading conference where you’ll discuss social issues and themes in Kwame Alexander’s He Said, She Said, share your research on U.S. Imperialism in Latin America in social studies, and then go to your iLab extension to finish your original 3D object design with your design team. After school you have sailing practice on Narragansett Bay with the school sailing club, then you have to get back to school to meet with your social action team and the city planner to figure out your next steps on creating a citywide bikeway and bike loan program that you and your friends decided would help families in the city get to work and grocery stores when they have limited transportation.

Believe it or not, that is a typical day in the life of an eighth grader at The Learning Community in Central Falls. As a team, we strive to give every single student a day worthy of their amazing capacity.  And, the success of the annual fund allows us to provide these opportunities and helps our students and teachers prove that poverty does not need to be a roadblock to student success.   On the most recent PARCC standardized test, our students outperformed most urban and urban ring elementary schools in English Language Arts (ELA), and our middle school was the top performing urban middle school in ELA. In addition, our Latino students exceeded both our sending districts’ average for Latino students and the state average for Latino students- both by more than double the percentage points. No school in the state with a poverty rate as high as ours made the same gains.

Along with making certain that each of our 560 students receives the best education possible, monies raised through this year’s annual fund will support Our Exploratorium Afterschool Program, which serves more than 300 students annually (more than half our student body). The effects of poverty mean most of our students’ families have limitations in time, resources, transportation, and literacy which impede their ability to provide the supports critical to bridging achievement gaps with their suburban peers and preparing them for future success. Our Exploratorium offers immersive, hands-on inquiry experiences through a rigorous combination of science, technology, engineering, math, and arts programming, which allows our students to further develop their skills in authentic settings.  Our Exploratorium also provides athletics and other health and wellness opportunities.

Monies raised also support key initiatives including our Family Emergency Fund, our Summer Lending Library to combat summer learning loss and experiential learning opportunities that help our students contextualize classroom learning.

Supporting Other Priorities

Comprehensive or capital campaigns address larger projects which require additional funding not available in the most prudent of operating budgets.

planned gift is an opportunity to make arrangements now that will support The Learning Community and our students at a later date. Saving on income taxes, avoiding capital gains tax, enjoying higher rates of return than currently provided by an asset, reducing estate costs – are all benefits of making a planned gift.  To learn more about whether a planned gift is for you, please contact Derek Collamati at 401-327-4438 or derek@thelearnincommunity.com.