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2011 Link to Learning Mini-grants

Problems: Erie County Districts funding has been cut dramatically. Erie schools are not proficient in math and reading, two subjects that are essential to success. In 2010 and 2011 Erie Schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress based on The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Test.

Why:  As indicated by Erie Vital Signs, Family and community factors affect how well children learn, leaving our at-risk children behind. Research has shown that children affected by risk factors such as poverty, family status, or poor school systems, are more likely to enter school behind their peers, struggle in school, or drop out altogether.

With the constant change in the economy, educational attainment in Erie County has fluctuated over the past four years. PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) scores are lower than the No Child Left Behind Act standards, and as a whole, Erie County SAT (SAT Reasoning Test {formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test}) scores from 2001 to 2008 declined 11 points in math and 13 points in verbal.

The percentage of 3rd grade students below proficiency in math decreased in 2008-09, proficiency among 3rd graders in reading increased. Both these positive and negative trends offer important insight into the educational development of Erie County's children.

Solution/Impact: Our desired impact is to invest in our children by funding projects that create better readers and produce skilled math students that can lead Erie forward.


Who: The Erie Community Foundation and


What: We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with for a "Double Your Impact" Program.  In this program, The Erie Community Foundation will fund 50% of a project with a total cost of $1000 or less. Individual donors will donate online and provide the remaining funds. The Projects must focus on math and or literacy in the classrooms of Erie County Schools. The Erie Community Foundation will give to these projects because we care about the success of the students in Erie County. is a nonprofit organization that connects public school teachers in need of classroom materials and experiences with individual donors who want to help. At, public school teachers submit project requests for the specific materials their students need to learn. Donors from across the country browse the website and fund the projects they find most compelling.


When: Teachers can begin posting projects now and that will qualify for funding starting October 6, 2011


Where: All full-time, front-line educators at public School (teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, and school nurse) who spend at least 75% of their time working with the students are eligible to request materials at .

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