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Firms boost long-term education investing

Like many poorer urban school districts, Lowell struggles with a less than stellar reputation and little money for some of the basics of modern education, from widespread access to preschool to the latest microbiology lab equipment.

Three years ago, several Lowell business leaders offered to help, convincing 15 local foundations, companies, and individual donors to each give $5,000 a year over three years to hire a fund-raising specialist to increase support for the city’s 24 public schools. In the 10 months since Susan Linn was hired as executive director of the Lowell Education Alliance Resource Network, or Project LEARN, she has raised $438,000 in grants, including $87,000 for modern microscopes, petri dishes, and other science equipment.

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