Grants accepted by Pittsburgh Public Schools

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The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight accepted several grants, including $500,000 from the Grable Foundation to help support the Summer Dreamers Academy this year.

The Summer Dreamers Academy provides academic lessons and other activities for part of the summer primarily to low-performing students.

A grant of $203,631 from the Heinz Endowments was accepted to help pay the salary of the district's music coordinator, who is among those charged with transforming arts education in city schools.

In addition, the district is accepting services valued at $17,500 from PMC athletic trainers to administer an outreach concussion program for students ages 11 to 14 in the district's middle grades athletic programs. The outreach will include a neurocognitive baseline test, a neck strength kit and education for parents.

Another grant from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Grable Foundation will be used to create a green space where a portable building was removed and additional plantings near the front of the Crescent Early Childhood Center in Homewood. The amount listed was $49,500.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: or 412-263-1955.

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