HOLYOKE, Massachusetts – Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) was awarded a $90,000 grant for Fiscal Year 2018 from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department). The purpose of the new state and federally funded competitive grant is to increase access to quality summer learning programs and to assist students with the transition into elementary, middle, or high school.
“We are grateful to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for this award,” said Holyoke Public Schools Superintendent/ Receiver Dr. Stephen Zrike, Jr. “These funds will be used to expand the summer learning program for Holyoke students – offering them access to an experience that will prevent summer learning loss, improve academic outcomes, keep students on track for graduation, and keep students safe, healthy, and engaged.” The HPS summer learning program also provides opportunities for enrichment, field trips, and social-emotional learning.
Specifically, the district will use the funds to increase access to quality summer learning and transition programs at Sullivan and E.N. White schools. “I am thankful to ESE for this grant that will expand the good work being done by HPS currently in these programs,” said Aaron Vega, Fifth Hampden Representative, Vice Chair Children and Families and Persons with Disabilities. “These funds are critical to ensuring our children in summer and transitional programs get the best quality experience and support services we can provide. As a long-time supporter of summer programming, I am excited to see these funds in action to allow our students to have a meaningful and enriching experience.”
Registration for the Holyoke Public Schools Summer Learning Program is now open. Parents can visit the Holyoke Public Schools website for information about program offerings and registration https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/families/summerlearning/.
More Information About the Grant:
The Holyoke Public School District was notified of the competitive grant award by Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey C. Riley last week. Key requirements of the grant are:
- Supports the expansion of an existing summer program by adding more students and/or the creation of a new summer program;
- Offers engaging and innovative hands-on programming that builds core academic knowledge and skills, as well as social and emotional competencies, which will help prepare students to transition successfully into elementary, middle or high school;
- Offers enrichment activities that will help to close opportunity gaps;
- Connects to research-based turnaround practices;
- Creates a culturally responsive and welcoming environment; and
- Partners with other schools and community-based organizations. At a minimum, a partnership with at least one feeder school and at least one of the recipient schools is required.
Additional information about the grant can be found here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/grants/2018/528-323/.
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