|Cummings Foundation Awards Another Grant|
This December 2016 gift complements several other Cummings Foundation gifts which commenced with a June 2013 grant award of $100,000 through the Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 grants program to the Lawrence Family Development, Inc. The larger gift currently funds part of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s Opening Doors efforts. The Opening Doors activities support high school decision-making for the charter school’s Grade 7 and 8 grade students who participate in after school and summer school academics to improve English Language Arts and Math achievement levels. Thirty Opening Doors students also participate in summer enrichment, onsite private high school campus visits and year-round counseling focused on assisting them and their parents with acceptance at private college prep high schools and financial aid resources.
Lawrence Family Development plans to use this most recent donation of $1,000 from the Cummings Foundation’s Direct Employee Giving Program in support of LFDCS Chromebooks at Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS). Cummings employee and Lawrence Family Development parent and board member, Beilis Soto, was significant in nominating Lawrence Family Development for this award. Mr. Soto’s daughter, Lisibel, is a fourth grader at Lawrence Family Development Charter School and his wife, Luisa Soto, originally suggested the school as the benefactor of the Direct Employee Giving Program award.
Chromebooks, as well as the school’s learning management system at Lawrence Family Development, develop capacity for critical thinking, language and technology skills with students. These skills are key to students’ success when they transition from the charter school to high school and college. The use of technology in teaching is also key to the professional development of teachers. The Cummings Foundation of Woburn, MA joins other donors in bringing technology resources to Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s classrooms. Lawrence Family Development looks at technology as another key aspect of instructional excellence. Because of the charter school’s extraordinary level of student performance in grades kindergarten through grade eight, the school’s graduates attain a high acceptance rate at prestigious private or parochial schools. Many view education as a “ticket” to success, so the Cummings Foundation is appreciated for sharing gifts with the children of Lawrence’s most recent wave of newcomers. The Cummings Foundation contribution helps remedy the challenges of urban families and enables Lawrence Family Development students to “Reach for the Stars.”
Miss Lisibel Soto, daughter of Cummings Properties employee, Beilis Soto and his wife, Luisa, demonstrates the use of a Chromebook. Mr. Soto, through the Cummings Employee Direct Giving Program, presented a $1,000 check to Lawrence Family Development Charter School to fund three new Chromebooks. The Chromebooks, as well as the school’s learning management system, develop capacity for critical thinking, language and technology skills with students.