Crocker School Gets $40G Grant from State
By Chad Garner
Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise
FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg Public Schools recently learned that Crocker Elementary School has been awarded competitive grant funding to continue the 21st Century After School programming for three more years.
Crocker will receive $90,584 for the upcoming school year.
Superintendent of Schools Andre Ravenelle said the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “has been a wonderful partner with the Fitchburg Public Schools over the years and together, we have been able to offer excellent after-school enrichment programs to multiple schools.”
“The awarding of this competitive grant for exemplary programs,” he added, “is a testimony to the quality of our 21st Century offerings and the teachers who deliver them.”
“The Crocker community is thrilled with not only the 21st Century grant, but also being named an exemplary site for the upcoming school year,” Crocker Principal Adam Renda said.
The 21st Century grants also fund the robust summer enrichment camp in which students across the district participate.
This year was the final year in the funding cycle for Crocker, and the School Department had to apply for extended funding.
The two components of the ranking of awards consist of a site visit and a written proposal.
For the upcoming school year, Fitchburg Public Schools will have quality after-school programming at Crocker, South Street, Longsjo and Memorial schools. Fitchburg has also applied to open a new site at Reingold, but DESE has not yet released the proposals that have been approved for funding.
Garner is the public schools’ family and community partnership champion.