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By Henrietta J. Burroughs              Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012    
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Two organizations working in East Palo Alto are the recipients of a community grant award focused on closing the achievement gap in math. The 49ers Academy and the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula received $35,000 each for their programs to boost math skills.

The two grants were a part of a series of grant awards that totaled $719,892. The awards were given by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to fourteen school districts and nonprofit organizations for their mathematics instruction in after-school or summer programs.

The grant recipients are all located in either San Mateo County or in Santa Clara County and the funding given will serve more than 2,995 students who are performing below grade level in math.

Dr. Emmett D. Carson, who is the CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation said, “Without additional instruction opportunities, most of our students will not be able to catch up and be eligible for college-track high school courses. We are denying too many of our students the opportunity to access post-secondary education."

The $35,000 grant given to the 49ers After School Math Academy supports its four-hour per week after-school program that will serve 40 under-performing students at the academy's facility.This is the third year that the 49ers Academy, which is located at 2695 Fordham Street in East Palo Alto has received a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for its after school math program.

The grant given to the Boys & Girls Club supports the organization's Summer CNG Math Program which provides 60 middle school students (grades 6 through 8) in East Palo Alto, east Menlo Park and Redwood City with a five-week intensive math instruction program that includes hands-on math related work. The Boys & Girls Club has sites in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. This is the second-year the organization has received a grant award for its math program.

Aim High School, which is located in Santa Clara, received a $42,000 grant that will fund a five-week summer program that will teach math skills to a total of 160 low-income students in East Palo Alto and in Redwood City.

The majority of this year's grant recipients received foundation funding for a fourth year, while two grant recipients received the grant funding for the first time.

To see a complete list of the school districts and nonprofit organizations that received funding to close the achievement gap in mathematics, go to http://www.siliconvalleycf.org/content/education-grantees-out-school-2011-0.

To contact the writer of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, send an email to epatoday@epatoday.org.

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