By Mike DeNardo


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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eight Philadelphia schools are recipients of the latest round of grants from the Hamels Foundation.

Webster Elementary School, in Kensington, is using its $15,000 grant from the Hamels Foundation to buy a new math curriculum, says principal Shawn Wright.

“We haven’t had a consistent curriculum schoolwide for several years,” he noted today.

Eight local schools are receiving a total of $53,000 this year from the foundation set up by Philadelphia Phillies’ lefthander Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi.

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Cole Hamels — at the center of a swirl of trade rumors — says the foundation will continue to benefit Philadelphia even if he’s wearing another uniform on August 1st.

“It’s nothing that you just leave behind, no matter what the circumstances are,” he said today.  “The Hamels Foundation is something we started to last a long duration.”

The Hamels Foundation has given more than $1 million to Philadelphia-area schools since 2009.

This year’s grants:

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  • $7,600 to Franklin Learning Center
  • $4,000 to Penrose Elementary
  • $3,500 to Richmond Elementary
  • $5,000 to St. Jerome
  • $9,000 to Academy at Palumbo High School
  • $3,700 to Holme Elementary
  • $15,000 to Webster Elementary
  • $5,400 to Loesche Elementary