5 Newark schools get first Facebook grant dollars

Five Newark schools have been awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million from last fall's $100 million donation made by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The awards were announced yesterday by the Foundation for Newark's Future, the organization created to disburse the money.

BARD High School Early College Newark and Sakia Gunn High School for Civic Engagement each received $175,000 grants. Newark Leadership Academy, Newark BRIDGES High School and Newark S.T.E.A.M. Academy each received $125,000 grants. All five new high schools received an additional $50,000 to help them meet their goal of opening in the fall.

In addition to Zuckerberg's grant last September, $44 million has been raised in matching grants from other foundations.

The project already has spent $1 million to survey city residents on what school improvements are needed.

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