FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2007
203-549-0075, ext. 11
The Perrin Family Foundation Awards Grant to
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
to Support Work on Behalf of Bridgeport Children
The Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) announced today that it received a grant of $20,000 from the Perrin Family Foundation to support its efforts to address the needs of children and their families in Bridgeport. BCAC will use this grant to support the work of its Violence Prevention Task Force that is working in partnership with the Bridgeport Board of Education to improve school climate and reduce school security incidents and school suspensions.
In announcing the grant, Sheila Perrin, President of the Perrin Family Foundation, said, “This grant will enable BCAC to continue its excellent research, to work with the Bridgeport community to develop solutions to address the needs of children, and to educate and mobilize parents, students and community leaders to work for change.” This grant comes under the Foundation’s focus area of Social Change. It is consistent with the Foundation’s mission of providing equal opportunities for children and young adults to lead safe, productive and creative lives.” The Perrin Family Foundation was founded in 1994 and is based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. It makes grants in Fairfield County.
With this funding, BCAC will:
Examine trends in schools violence over time
Gather information on the new alternate schools that are offered to students in non school hours
Research best practices in addressing school violence and school suspensions
And work closely with the Board of Education to bring best practices to Bridgeport schools
“We are so pleased to have this grant from the Perrin Family Foundation to support BCAC’s work on behalf of children and their families in Bridgeport,” said Edie Cassidy, Chairwoman of BCAC’s Board of Directors. “Our Violence Prevention Task Force has an exciting Action Agenda this year, and this grant will help us work with our school district to ensure that all children have a safe learning environment.”
Ms. Cassidy continued, “BCAC is unique in our research, advocacy, community education and community mobilization. We turn to our community and BCAC’s member organizations to identify critical needs of Bridgeport children, establish priorities, and set an agenda for action for the year ahead. BCAC is well respected for our research and our extensive work to bring our community together to advocate for changes to improve the lives of Bridgeport children.”