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Total donated in Italy: $40,902
Partner since: 2005

"The Santa Maria della Pieta School was a revelation to me where I saw learning going on without the aid of a modern building, but with dedicated teachers and delightful students. Seeing several teachers working patiently with special needs children was inspiring, as was listening to the students learn English words. The computer room made me proud of Grand Circle Foundation."

Carol Hull
Bonita Springs, Florida

Santa Maria della Pieta School

At Grand Circle Foundation, we believe the best way to sustain a community is through education. To build community in Sorrento and to help Italian schoolchildren prepare for their future, we've donated funds to the city's Santa Maria della Pieta School. You'll visit this school (when in session) and see the energy of the students who will write the next chapters in Italy's long history—perhaps on the very computers that Foundation funds have purchased. Along with computers and English software, we have provided televisions and video equipment for the school; supplied desks, chairs, and stationery equipment for students; and repaired desks and chairs in the school cafeteria.

Istituto Comprensivo M.L. King

When you travel to Sicily with Grand Circle, you'll be supporting the technological futures of some of its schoolchildren. Grand Circle Foundation has been working with the Istituto Comprensivo M. L. King to ensure that its 400 students have access to books as well as a computer, printer, video projector, and more. Though Sicily has historically lagged behind mainland Italy in school completion rates, the educators here are optimistic that by providing an education with modern technology, these children can provide a bright future for their island.

School in session:

Italy: October through late May (closed for the Christmas and Easter holidays); Sicily: September through early June

Gifts to bring if you're visiting:

  • Glue sticks
  • Pencils and erasable pens
  • English-language books appropriate for readers between ages five and ten
  • Educational toys
  • Books about the United States and individual state facts