Tornado-damaged schools receiving funding

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -Two Springfield schools that were destroyed in a 2011 tornado today were approved to receive a 38-million dollar grant for renovations.

The Elias Brookings School and the Dryden Memorial School were both hit by the tornado, which cut a path of destruction from Westfield to Charlton.

On Wednesday afternoon, officials including Mayor Domenic Sarno, State Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield) and State Treasurer Steve Grossman gathered at City Hall to announce the state aid.

During the ceremony, Welch gave a hug to Grossman, saying that he’s “not a hugger,” but said the treasurer deserved an embrace for following-through with a promise to provide money for the tornado-damaged schools.

Renovations at Dryden Memorial School are near complete, but students at Brookings are still working out of a modular building.

Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick told 22News that the grant means a lot for the children.

The additions and renovations won’t cost Springfield tax payers a penny. The project is 100% reimbursable, and has received financial support from FEMA.

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