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.