Rex foundation donates $1 million to schools, educational groups

The Rex Organization’s charitable foundation awarded $1 million in grants to 60 local educational groups on Saturday.

The Pro Bono Publico Foundation, formed by Rex after Hurricane Katrina, has contributed a total of $4.4 million to schools and educational organizations. Most of the money comes from the Rex Organization’s more than 800 members.

Through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, the Pro Bono Publico Foundation also continues to sponsor booster-club activities at Taylor Playground, which is across South Derbigny Street from the Rex Den, in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood. The foundation has supported the park for several years and has sometimes let neighborhood groups use the den as a gathering space.

In addition, a Harry Howard Foundation grant to the Rex foundation has helped to fund after-school academic and enrichment programs at KIPP and Choice Foundation schools as a pilot program that could be expanded in future years.

The largest grant given this year was $60,000 to the Teach for America organization.

The other grants ranged between $10,000 and $30,000, though the foundation did not release the amount of each individual grant.

The schools and charter networks that received grants were: Algiers Charter School Association, Arise Academy, Audubon Charter School, Belle Chasse Academy, Benjamin Franklin High School, Bricolage Academy, The Chartwell Center, Choice Foundation, Collegiate Academies, Crescent City Schools, Cypress Academy (Cypress Charter School Association), Einstein Charter School (Einstein Group Inc.), FirstLine Schools, The Good Shepherd School, Homer A. Plessy Community School (Citizens Committee for Education), InspireNOLA Charter Schools, International High School of New Orleans, International School of Louisiana, Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy-East, Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy-West, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, KIPP New Orleans Schools, Lake Forest Charter School, McDonogh City Park Academy, McMillan’s First Steps Academy, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans College Prep, New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, Raphael Academy, St. Mary’s Academy, St. Michael Special School, Sci High: New Orleans Charter Math and Science High School (The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education) and Warren Easton Charter Foundation.

In addition, these organizations received awards for providing educational and arts programming, training, research and support to schools and children: 4POINT0 Schools, Bayou District Foundation, Breakthrough New Orleans, Center for Development and Learning, City Year New Orleans, College Bridge New Orleans (based at New Orleans College Prep), Communities in Schools New Orleans, Eastbank Collective of Charter Schools (Louisiana Alliance of Charter Schools), Education Pioneers, Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative (Core Element), KID smART, Leading Educators Greater New Orleans, Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans, Live Oak Wilderness Camp, Louisiana Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, New Leaders GNO, New Schools for New Orleans, Policy Institute for Children, The Posse Foundation, Roots of Music, Stand for Children Louisiana, STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading), Teach for America Greater New Orleans, Tulane University’s Cowen Institute, Urban League College Track and YA-YA.

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