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The International Neuroscience Network Foundation
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INNF-SEED School partnership awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

Washington, DC - The SEED School of DC in partnership with the International Neuroscience Network Foundation was awarded the largest 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education of the District of Columbia in 2010. This five year grant supports out of school programs for students and their families to expand learning opportunities; help middle school youth meet or exceed state standards in reading and mathematics; and reduce substance abuse and teen violence. INNF provides the science enrichment component of the 21st CCLC. This includes bringing in world-renowned speakers such as Dr. Marc Raibert, President of Boston Dynamics and Benjamin Walker, assistant professor at Georgetown University to discuss student related science from robotics to brain science.

Under the leadership of the Program Director, tutoring coordinator, both of whom work as members of SEED's student life (boarding) program, and INNF's science enrichment coordinator, SEED and INNF have been working together to recruit specialized and committed volunteers from the local business and scientific community, including the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Association of United Negro College Fund Merck Fellows. These volunteers supported the Second Annual SEED 8th grade science fair and provide individualized tutoring to students in need. INNF has also provided needed materials, equipment and maintenance to SEED's in school science program and the Science Fair. Finally, INNF has supported out of school trips to scientific and engineering business and educational institutions such as Duke University and Boston Dynamics.

The SEED School of Washington, D.C. serves 320 sixth- through twelfth-grade students in Southeast Washington, D.C. Students participate in an innovative and academically rigorous college-preparatory program. SEED is the first overnight public charter school in the nation.

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