NEW BRITAIN - Funds to support a summer learning program for Lincoln Elementary School students were approved by the Common Council at its regular meeting Wednesday night.
By a 13-0 vote, with Aldermen Jamie Giantonio and Daniel Salerno absent, the council adopted a resolution appropriating $7,500 from the city’s special revenue fund to help pay personnel and administrative costs associated with the program.
Spearheaded by the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and in collaboration with the city’s public school system, the Summer Enrichment Experience program’s goal is to reduce summer learning loss with summer classroom time, according to the city. It will be offered to 45 Lincoln Elementary School students in second and third grades for three weeks, geared toward project-based learning and hands-on enrichment activities in an after-school-style environment.
Alderman Kristian Rosado said he was happy to appropriate funds toward such a vital program.
To have a nationally recognized educational program in New Britain is a great thing, he said, adding, “I’m very content with the resolution.”
Two other education-related resolutions were also adopted by the council Wednesday, including an American Savings Foundation grant for an afterschool program called the Become Pals project. The project encourages opportunities for students to engage with police officers to help build trust in each other through positive interactions.
The American Savings Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Headquartered in New Britain, the organization is dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting education, human services, and the arts, with a special emphasis on the needs of children, youth and families, through grants to community organizations.
The foundation also awarded the Parks Department a $150,000 grant for the 2019-20 school year. According to the city, the funds will go toward after-school programs at Pulaski and Slade middle schools, focusing on education, recreation and cultural arts with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, leadership development and family involvement.
In other business, the council adopted a resolution to receive a $49,500 federal grant to support officer overtime pay. Its aim to increase enforcement efforts to help minimize fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle accidents caused by speeding or aggressive driving.
Alderman Carlo Carlozzi, who presented the resolution, said, “The grant funds will help us move more efficiently and we can do more for our citizens.”