HARVARD — Two local school districts each received a grant from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The new funds will support the development and expansion of “comprehensive” summer learning opportunities to address the academic and socio-emotional impacts of COVID-19. Sudbury Public Schools received $100,000, while Harvard Public Schools received $75,000.
The two grants were part of $4 million in funds that were distributed to schools across the state through Massachusetts’ summer learning budget as well as federal emergency education assistance funds. primary and secondary education and emergency aid for the governor.
“My sincere congratulations to the Sudbury and Harvard school districts, and their academic leaders, for receiving the grant,” Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, said in a press release. “I would like to thank DESE for their work in providing these grants to the Harvard and Sudbury schools. »
Summer programs must offer “at least” 150 hours of evidence- and research-based programming, with an emphasis on academic and social-emotional learning opportunities, according to the press release. They will also offer “enrichment and recreational activities” that will motivate students to attend and participate whenever possible.
The programs will be implemented in a “culturally appropriate, anti-racist and welcoming environment” and in partnership with local community organizations, according to the press release.
State Rep. Carmine Gentile, D-Sudbury, and State Rep. Dan Sena, D-Acton, also shared their excitement about the grants awarded.
“Sudbury Public Schools has been working hard to provide quality education to all students during the pandemic,” Gentile said in the news release. “I am delighted to learn that they have been chosen to receive this grant to better respond to the academic and socio-emotional impacts that COVID-19 has had on our students and to provide comprehensive learning opportunities for students this summer.”
“I’m so happy to see Harvard receiving this funding for summer learning offerings,” Sena said. Expanding educational opportunities for our students is critical and I am grateful to DESE for providing this grant to Harvard.