ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PATHWAYS:
For a third consecutive year, Holyoke Public Schools were awarded $20,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to implement an effective, alternative pathway to graduation that includes credit recovery and socio-emotional supports for students who are at greatest risk of not graduating from high school.
CARLOS VEGA FUND FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE:
Donahue School was awarded a $500 grant to construct and install a Little Free Library on the school campus, which will be stocked with age-appropriate books to encourage reading among the school's students and their families.
COMMONWEALTH PRESCHOOL PARTNERSHIP GRANT:
Holyoke Public Schools were recently awarded a $40,000 planning grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to expand the reach of community-wide efforts toward universal preschool for Holyoke's youngest learners.
This grant builds on the work of the PRESCHOOL EXPANSION GRANT, a four-year, $1.425 million per year EEC award that supports the addition of four new preschool classrooms that provide free, full-time, high-quality educational opportunities to previously unserved four year olds and their families. These classrooms are located in our district's school buildings and run by our early learning provider partners.
DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION:
Morgan Full Service Community School has won a $2,000 grant to increase the quantity of quality literacy materials available to students.
FALLON COMMUNITY HEALTH GRANT AWARD:
Our Weekend Backpack Program, which provides nutritious, non-perishable food to homeless students to support their health and learning when they are away from school, was selected to receive a $2,500 grant to expand the reach of the program.
LINDA SHULMAN INNOVATION GRANT:
An ESL Teacher at Lawrence Full Service Community School was chosen to receive a $1,000 award to support an innovative project that integrates language development, community mentors, and media for young English Language Learners.
MASSACHUSETTS 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER GRANTS:
Holyoke Public Schools were awarded more than $400,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to support out-of school time academic support and enrichment programming at schools across our district.
MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL:
Individual schools across the district have received small grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support field trips to local cultural sites during this school year.
McKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE:
Holyoke Public Schools once again received a $40,000 grant to provide educational, enrichment, and ancillary supports to students confronting homelessness.