Districts receiving grants for accepting students from Puerto Rico

Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee receiving funding

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – School districts that accepted students from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are receiving federally-funded grants.

Three of the districts receiving funding are right here in western Massachusetts: Chicopee, Holyoke, and Springfield schools will each receive $5,000. That money can be used for a variety of purposes, including tutoring as well as before and after-school programs.

Other districts receiving the funding include: Boston, Fall River, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, New Bedford, Southbridge, and Worcester. Collectively, these districts educate 85% of the students who recently relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico.

Governor Charlie Baker says he is also working to give districts additional state funding, if needed.