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Introducing new recipient: Erie Neighborhood House!

Founded in 1870, Erie House now has four locations and serves the community in a plethora of ways: after school programming, citizenship classes, literacy initiatives, and adult ESL classes among many other services. Check them out at 

The Terri Race Tech Fund gave a grant to benefit their STEM programming by purchasing equipment for their robotics initiative! We also donated towards the Little Village READS program. Read more about both initiatives below and THANK YOU for doing your part in making technology accessible to more learners! 👏👏👏👏 “The robotics unit is part of a broader effort being made by Erie House to invest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education across multiple programs. “Robotics has allowed our youth to develop skills beyond our expectations,” said YOU assistant director Maria Muñoz. “It gives students the opportunity to have fun while learning new ways to engage in STEM.” Muñoz indicates that the funds will help purchase materials to enhance robotics instruction. The grant is also timely, as staff are preparing for summer programming and are eager to offer students opportunities to expand upon learning that has taken place during the school year.

The grant will also enable the Little Village READS program to purchase licenses for Ticket to Read, an online reading program designed to support literacy growth for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. “We’re constantly looking for fun, engaging ways to integrate STEM learning into our programs for children and youth,” said Erie House executive director Kirstin Chernawsky. “The support we have received from the Terri Race Educational Technology Fund will help us achieve that goal.” The Terri Race Educational Technology Fund’s mission is to enhance the education of under-resourced students by providing access to technology.

Students at Erie House work with the new robotics equipment.


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