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Local Children Benefit from Seamless Summer Food Program CREC Locations in Hartford and East Hartford

CREC has partnered with the federally funded Seamless Summer Option (SSO) food program. This free meal service, made available through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), provides nutritious meals at no charge to all children 18 years and under at the following sites

Free Summer Reading Events for Grades 1–3

Children who read during the Summer do better in school in the Fall. Join us for a Book Fair at the Hartford Public Library on June 23rd and attend our other Family Literacy Events. Register now if you live in Hartford and your child is entering grades 1-3 in the Fall. Kids will receive five free books in a tote bag and a summer reading journal.

CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Student Competes at National History Bee

(Hartford, Conn.) Congratulations to Rufus Abraham, an eighth-grader at CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Windsor, for representing the school in the championship round of the National History Bee’s National Finals in Atlanta. Rufus competed against 79 other eighth-grade regional winners from throughout the country for the title of National History Bee Grand Champion. The Glastonbury resident just missed moving on to the quarterfinals by one point, but made the school proud just the same.The National Finals are held each year during an exciting weekend of competitions and activities. This year’s competitions took place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2. All students participated in a series of exam and buzzer rounds on Friday to see which students would advance to additional buzzer rounds on Saturday.###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 changing 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.

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts juniors are Fresh Voices Poetry Competition Winners

Alexander Nordlund and Rachel Justice, 2018 Fresh Voices Poetry Competition winners(Hartford, Conn.) Two junior creative writing students from CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts are among the six winners of this year’s Fresh Voices Poetry Competition, which was held at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington in April. Alexander Nordlund is a half-day student from Glastonbury and Rachel Justice is a half-day student from Enfield. The students wrote poems suitable for presentation and publication and competed against other high school students from throughout New England. The competition has nurtured young poets since 1993.Nordlund, Justice, along with the other winners, will read their poems at the museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Young Poet’s Day on Sunday, August 5. Their winning works will also be featured in Hill-Stead’s online poetry journal, Theodate, and printed in a chapbook published by Antrim House Press and available for purchase in the Hill-Stead Museum Shop. The other high school student winners are:Vanecia Fultz – Rockville High School, VernonYoussef Mezrioui – Rockville High School, VernonSarah Lewis – Hall High School, West HartfordEllis McGinley – Arts at the Capitol Theater Performing Arts Magnet High School, WillimanticTheir judges were Daniel Donaghy, an English professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Adriane Jefferson, arts program manager and special programs coordinator for the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.Visit www.hillstead.org/sunken-garden-poetry-festival/poetry-programs-students-educators/fresh-voices-poetry-competition/ for more information.###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 changing 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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