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UPS grant to support literacy programs in Partnership Schools

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Representatives of the UPS Foundation, Temple University and Duckrey and Meade schools took part in a ceremony to recognize the UPS Foundation’s gift on Jan. 19 at George C. Meade School at 18th Street and Oxford Avenue.

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Temple University’s Partnership Schools program has received a $75,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS.

The grant will be used to enhance writing and literacy efforts in two Philadelphia public schools overseen by the university.

Since 2002, Temple has undertaken the management of several public schools in its surrounding neighborhood.

The grant from the UPS Foundation will specifically help with teacher professional development, mentoring and literacy efforts at Tanner G. Duckrey and George C. Meade schools.

“The UPS gift will help us strengthen the ways students learn how to read and write, two essential skills that are the basis for a successful education,” said John DiPaolo, executive director of Temple’s Partnership Schools program. “We’re very excited about this gift and are grateful to the UPS Foundation for recognizing the value it will bring to these students.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly affects social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified literacy, hunger relief and volunteerism as its focus areas.

In 2005, the UPS Foundation distributed $44.8 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations and programs — such as the Temple University Partnership Schools program — that provide support for building stronger communities.

“Giving back to the communities is an important part of UPS’ nearly 100-year-old culture that’s embraced by our employees through volunteerism, making donations and sharing their intellectual capital,” said Evern Cooper Epps, president of the UPS Foundation and vice president of UPS corporate relations.

“Together with nonprofit partners such as Temple University, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need.”




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