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March 5, 2014

Cashing in to help students

Grant push brings $7M for summer, after-school classes


The $195,000 Gateway Cities English Language Learners grant will allow for the creation of an intensive program, especially for students that come from homes where English is not the primary language. It will run for five weeks in the summer. Children in grades six through 12 will attend the program at Haverhill High, with transportation provided.

One of the most important aspects of academic success is the ability to speak and write English well, Malone said.

The $45,000 Career Academies grant will help Haverhill High School refine its academy system, especially in the areas of Ebit (Business and Technology) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These two career academies span the job market, preparing students for diverse careers.

“This grant will allow HHS to re-align our curriculum to include 21st century skills, as well as design and create strong partnerships between HHS, higher education, and local industry, which will promote readiness for college and careers,” Malone said.

The Career Academy will be established in the fall.

The long-term goal of the career academies is to keep at-risk students from dropping out of high school and create career paths for students whether they choose to enter the work force or go on to college.

If they see the opportunity of a lifelong career that doesn’t require four or more years of college, there is more likelihood that they will stay in school to learn the skills they need to support themselves and their families, Malone said.

Haverhill was the only city to receive a new Career Academies grant this year. School officials hope to apply for a continuation grant for the program next year.

Just weeks earlier, Haverhill got word that it will receive a $30,000 Innovation Schools Enhancement and Sustainability grant that Malone and Tilton School Principal Mary Beth Maranto applied for. Also a competitive grant, it will help train Tilton staff in specific aspects of teaching in an Innovation School, a designation that Tilton won last year through the efforts of Malone and Maranto.

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