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State funds summer camp programs for Springfield Empowerment Zone children

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Paul Tuthill
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WAMC
The South End Community center is one of 11 organizations that will operate summer camps for children in the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership.

Two-year grant totals $3 million

Hundreds of children in Springfield, Massachusetts will have access to enriching opportunities during their time off from school this summer.

The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, a nonprofit that manages and operates the city’s middle schools and one high school, received a $3 million state grant to support after-school programs.

From that money, grants were made to 11 diverse Springfield-based organizations that will operate summer camps.

The announcement was made today at the South End Community Center. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Matt Brunell, Co-executive Director of the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership.