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State funds summer camp programs for Springfield Empowerment Zone children

Paul Tuthill
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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.