Drury High School Awarded 21st Century Grant for Afterschool Programming

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Public Schools is the recipient of a federally-funded, competitive 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, in the amount of $200,000. 
 
This grant award will support afterschool and summer enrichment programs for Drury High School students in grades 7-12, which will offer students additional opportunities for academically enriching learning. 
 
North Adams Public Schools is the only district in Berkshire County to have been selected for this grant award in order to open a new 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool site. 
 
Opening a new site at Drury High School will allow the district's students to access afterschool programming across the entirety of their K-12 education.
 
Similar to the Brayton Elementary School afterschool program site for the district's K-6 students, the Drury site will offer a variety of programs all five days of the school week, and provide transportation home for grade 7-12 North Adams students. 
 
"We're delighted to be able to extend our afterschool programming up to the secondary level, which will allow us to have continuity of programming throughout the district. This site will allow students to access prosocial experiences through hands-on academic and enrichment programs during out-of-school time," Program Director Annie Pecor said.
 
This program is free and a healthy snack for each student will be provided each day.
 
The program slated to begin on Oct. 23 promises a wide variety of options including reviving the Drury High School student newspaper The Devil's Disciple, yoga and wellness activities, a book discussion group, and math-focused puzzle crew called Absurd Math.
 
Each of the three school-year sessions will run for 10 weeks, and one summer session will be offered following the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year. Some offerings will remain the same across all three school-year sessions, while new programs will also be introduced. 

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North Adams Council to Vote on Greylock School Project

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council will take up a borrowing authorization for the $65 million Greylock School project at a special meeting on Monday. 
 
If it is approved, there will be a ballot vote for a debt exclusion in September for the city's $20 million portion of the cost.  
 
The committee is planning a full-court press to convince citizens of the need for a new Greylock School to replace the closed 1965 building and the deteriorating Brayton Elementary that needs millions in repairs. 
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey said it was important for the members of the School Building Committee to attend Monday's meeting to show their support for the project. The project designers from TSKP Studios will be on hand to answer questsions as will the project's financial adviser. 
 
"It's an exciting night. It's really the first night that we publicly showcase this project to the City Council," the mayor said at the committee's meeting early this week. "We really need the School Building Committee there ... 
 
"You may not have a speaking role, you may want to speak, but we need to really show the support of the council and also really praise the hard work that this committee has been doing."
 
The School Department has created several videos including a show on Northern Berkshire Community Television, presentations, a FAQ and a website about the project.
 
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