NEW BEDFORD — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) awarded the New Bedford Public School system $1,273,400 from the Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers Continuation Grant program for FY2018. The grant program – awarded through a competitive application process – funds existing enrichment programs that take place beyond the hours of a typical school day.

“Academic enrichment programs that occur outside the classroom, along with extended learning time, are proven to close achievement gaps, enhance student engagement and increase preparedness for life after high school,” said State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford). “With these new grants, New Bedford Public Schools will be able to expand the reach of these afterschool programs for our City’s students.”

The following outlines the types of grants awarded, the grants’ recipients, and associated grant amounts:

Extended Learning Time Grants-

Gomes Elementary School - $267,500

Hayden-McFadden Elementary School - $330,600

Normandin Middle School - $385,000

Out-of-School Time Grants-

Hannigan Elementary School - $120,804

Gomes Elementary School and Normandin Middle School - $169,496

New Bedford Public Schools received an additional $7,500 grant from DESE to fund Enhanced Programs for Students on an IEP.

--Courtesy the Office of State Representative Antonio Cabral--