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Philadelphia City Rowing Announces Environmental Education Grant From the William Penn Foundation

Funding will expand environmental education and on-water access to the Schuylkill River

Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) is pleased to announce it has been awarded an $82,500 grant from the William Penn Foundation. This funding will allow PCR to formalize the environmental education portion of its programming and improve access by supporting increased participation.

The grant provides for the development and implementation of an environmental educational curriculum tailored to PCR participants and will allow PCR to offer increased access to the Delaware River watershed, including the Schuylkill River, area for 7th through 12th grade students attending public or charter school in Philadelphia.

“Through the William Penn Foundation’s generosity, we are excited to offer more opportunities for PCR participants to connect to our watershed. The addition of environmental education will help PCR continue to meet its mission of providing multifaceted positive youth development programming that empowers the next generation of Philadelphians, helping them become informed, healthy, and engaged stewards of our community,” said Terry Dougherty, PCR Executive Director. “To date, PCR has been involved with the Schuylkill Navy River Restoration Committee and Philadelphia Horticultural Society in monitoring river conditions, tree planting, trash removal, and other efforts to maintain the Schuylkill watershed.”

About the William Penn Foundation: The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advances philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grants totaling over $1.6 billion. The Foundation’s assets totaled approximately $2.3 billion as of December 31, 20152016.