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Hilda Muñoz
Communications Specialist
Central Office: (860) 509-3663
Email: himunoz@crec.org

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Aura Alvarado
Director of Communications and Community Relations
Central Office: (860) 524-4065
Cell Phone: (860) 490-9676
Email: aalvarado@crec.org

Recent Press Releases

CREC Announces Free & Reduced-Price Lunch Guidelines

The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) today announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Local school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility....

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CREC River Street School to Celebrate 50 Years on Saturday

(Hartford, Conn.) The CREC River Street School in Windsor is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of meeting the educational needs of youth who have a variety of behavioral, communicative, and neurological disorders, including autism. To mark the occasion, the school is hosting a special reception and reunion barbeque picnic this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Alumni, families, friends, and staff will share in the celebration at 601 River Street. In addition to distinguished speakers and guests, there will be a “50 Years River Street” special video tribute. An RSVP was requested. For more information, contact Aura Alvarado, Capitol Region Education Council communications director, at (860) 524-4065 or aalvarado@crec.org.During its 50 years, the school has provided exemplary educational services to thousands of students through the expertise of its staff and their use of research-based practices. It has been a resource for school districts across the state in meeting the needs of their most challenging students.The school opened in 1967 and became a member program of the Capitol Region Education Council in 1972. Over the years, it developed services that didn’t exist for students with autism. It continually expanded resources for those and other students. These include extended-day, extended-year, year-round, and outreach training services, as well as residential opportunities. Today it strives to improve the quality of life for children and young adults, ages 3 to 21, who have severe behavioral challenges. They’re provided with a caring environment, individualized programming, and the chance to develop the skills to be more productive, independent, and engaged members of society. Clinical services include behavioral supports, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work services, psychological and psychiatric evaluation and consultation, and other services. There are also programs and services for families.The school has received awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Computer Learning Foundation, the Governor's Coalition on Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities, and the Northeast Communication Enhancement Group.###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org...

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Teachers from China Learn about STEM Education at CREC Academy of Science and Innovation

(New Britain, CT) CREC Academy of Science of Innovation hosted a group of 30 administrators and teachers from Qingdao #2 High School in the Shandong Province of China who were interested in learning about STEM education in United States schools. Principal Robert McCain welcomed them and gave a brief overview of the school’s philosophy, stating students are preparing for jobs that don’t exist yet.“Our students are the generation who has never been without technology and they are preparing for a workforce that hasn’t been invented,” he said. McCain was also very clear about the goal of the visit, “We need to learn from each other to stay competitive in the global market. I have lots of questions for you and would like to know more about how education works in China.The group of visitors included several administrators, as well as elementary and secondary music, art, math, science, history and physical education teachers. Their goal for the day was to learn about STEM education in a U.S. school: how STEM is integrated across the different disciplines and how teachers design their lessons and assess student understanding in these courses. After introductions, the group learned about CREC’s “theme specific” magnet schools and about how the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation is organized into three distinct pathways: biotechnology, environmental engineering, and computer science and robotics. In their sophomore year students select one of the pathways to focus on for their coursework. Seniors complete a capstone project based on their chosen pathway. Teachers spent time observing classrooms to see how STEM concepts are integrated into the general education classroom. Teachers observed a 10th grade genetics course, an 11th grade robotics course, a middle school robotics course, a 6th integrated science course, and a computer coding course, as well as several English and math courses. The teachers from Qingdao asked questions through an interpreter and CREC teachers explained the work that students were doing. After classroom visits, the group participated in a presentation put on by STEM theme coaches Lauren Amaturo and Crystal Caouette, who explained inquiry based instruction and three-dimensional learning aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. CREC was invited to host the group and Innovation was one of several stops during the week for the group. The group had visits scheduled at several other schools around the state, including CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering and CREC Discovery Academy, as well as several universities. They were led by Daniel Gregg, who is the Director of International Programs at the Connecticut State Department of Education.Gregg has been organizing these learning exchanges between the U.S. and China for more than 20 years. He said the group got a great deal of information from their experience. He commented that it was rare to see a group “this engaged” as they participated in several small group activities planned to help them better understand what a typical science lesson aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards would look like in an American classroom.3566160171450000-43942032956500###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org....

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Third Annual CREC Golf Invitational Raises $85,000 for College Scholarship Program

(Hartford, CT) The CREC Foundation raised $85,000 during the Third Annual CREC Golf Invitational and Scholarship Dinner this week. All the proceeds will benefit the Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity. Ninety-six golfers competed in the invitational at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford on Monday morning. Among the winning foursome low net were Hansen Guest, Haywood White, Danny White and Ishmael Roman.In the evening, golfers were joined by more than 100 additional sponsors and donors at the scholarship reception and dinner where they learned how their support is making a difference in students’ lives. Adriana Colón, a 2016 Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship recipient, gave a speech during the reception that brought many in the room to tears. She shared a story about unfair treatment by a former employer and described persevering, majoring in environmental science at Yale University and studying ecology and conservation in an Australian rainforest over the summer.“I’m grateful to all the contributors who maintain and organize the Bruce Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity. The thought of all the current and future students that will be helped by this network of generous community members is a great source of optimism for me,” she said.The Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship is awarded in the spring to seniors graduating high school from any CREC member district who enroll in a two-year or four-year educational institution. The scholarship is renewable each year the student is in school. The CREC Foundation, which manages the scholarship, raised funds by offering a wide range of sponsorship packages to the golf invitational. The Sullivan Investment Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and Transamerica were title sponsors. The CREC Foundation was established in 2005 to support CREC's programs, missions and its members. For more information about the foundation or the Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship, visit: http://www.crec.org/foundation/index.php###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org....

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Capitol Region Education Council Celebrates FallStaff 51, Emphasizes Importance of New Core Values

More than 2,000 CREC employees representing 120 programs and services within the organization – from magnet schools to adult education and construction services to professional development – gathered at the Hartford Yard Goats Dunkin’ Donuts Park early Friday morning for FallStaff 51, an annual pep rally meant to energize everyone in attendance for the upcoming year. FallStaff, a tradition that started when CREC was founded 51 years ago, is the one time during the year when all CREC employees come together in one place. This year, the newly adopted core values – expect excellence, demand equity, act with courage and embrace collaboration – took center stage at the event with speakers and videos emphasizing their value to the organization. CREC Executive Director Greg J. Florio said, “It is important to understand why we are all driven to live and work by those values and how important they are to assuring CREC fulfills its mission.”As the keynote speaker, CREC Deputy Executive Director Sandra Cruz-Serrano offered a single piece of advice.“Never underestimate the child, the parent, the person in front of you. Her looks, limited English, her zip code, her SAT scores are absolutely no indicator of her future success,” she said. “Be careful, for she may even be your boss one day!”CREC Superintendent of Schools Tim Sullivan said, “Moving forward Hartford Public Schools and CREC are going to work together on behalf of all children. It should not natter what color uniform you wear, we are here to help all children. The days of competition are over, we are ready to collaborate.” The new minor league baseball stadium in downtown Hartford was a perfect setting for a fun-filled, baseball-themed program. Staff snapped selfies with Yard Goats mascots Chompers and Chew Chew. CREC River Street School employee Carlos Perez, the longest tenured employee at CREC, kicked off the event with a ceremonial first pitch. There was a build-a-burger race and a T-shirt toss. Videos of employees describing how they apply the core values to their work played on the stadium screens, as well as videos of students and staff explaining why CREC 2017 award winners deserve recognition. The 2017 CREC Paraeducator of the Year, Victoria Gonzales from CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship, and the 2017 CREC Teacher of the Year, Krista Beyer from CREC University of Hartford Magnet School, were announced over the stadium speakers and they walked to home plate to accept their awards. Alan Daley of CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School received the 2017 CREC Distinguished Service Award. Long-serving staff members were also recognized. FallStaff also celebrated the upcoming 50th anniversary of CREC River Street School and the school’s director, Tom Parvenski, was presented with a special recognition.A heartfelt thank you goes to students from the former CREC Two Rivers High School, Alexander Ello (Two Rivers class of 2017), and Austin Raymond-Tricka (CREC Academy of Science and Innovation class of 2018) and to Bob Polselli, engineering and technology teacher, for providing drone footage of CREC facilities used in the event’s introductory video. FallStaff is coordinated and directed internally. It is largely funded by the generosity of sponsors, including top sponsor Owens Realty Services. Other sponsors are: Sullivan Investment Group, Transamerica Retirement Solutions, Aflac, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dattco, Delta-T Group, eesmarts, Friar Associates, Massage Envy, and Valley Communications.8382062357000083820191135002767330419417500###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 19 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC or CREC’s award-winning magnet schools is available at www.crec.orgAthletics captains from CREC high schools came together with CRILA students to discuss the role and traits of leaders. ...

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