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  • Kelly Takes Top National Essay Contest Prize

    (Hartford, CT) Aleema Kelly, a sixth-grade student at CREC’s Montessori Magnet School, won first place at the elementary school level in the Letters about Literature national essay contest.

    The annual reading and writing contest is sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is for students in grades four through 12. Students read a book, poem, or speech. They are then asked to write a letter to that author about how the literature affected them personally. The letters are judged at both the state and national levels.

    Kelly, of Hartford, wrote her letter about “George” to author Alex Gino, and her writing will soon be published on http://read.gov/letters. She will also receive a $1,000 prize and a congratulatory letter from the Library of Congress.

    This is Kelly’s second Letters about Literature honor. Last year, she won the essay contest for Connecticut at the elementary school level and received a $100 reward, but did not place at the national level.

    “We are so proud of Aleema’s amazing accomplishment,” said Principal Antonio Napoleone. “To win a national contest is not easy, and our entire school is celebrating her success.”

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. 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 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 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

  • CREC in the News

    Here are some recent media stories featuring CREC students and their accomplishments:

    WFSB Channel 3 aired a special Mother’s Day segment about Lyna Dieppa, a CREC Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy student-athlete.

    The Hartford Courantpublished a picture of CREC softball players attending a clinic at the University of Saint Joseph.

    WNPR published a story about the Hartford Jazz Society’s upcoming concert. The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School jazz band ensemble is opening.

    The Hartford Courant published a great photo gallery of the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School’s production of “West Side Story.” It also published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s middle school Ultimate Frisbee team.

    Enfield Patch published a story about CREC Public Safety Academy students who were honored as CIAC Scholar Athletes at the 33rd annual CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet.

    The Hartford Courant published a story about the Capitol Region Interdistrict Leadership Academy’s community service project, a story about CREC Montessori Magnet School’s wildlife designation, and a picture of the CREC John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center’s transition fair.

    The Greater Hartford Arts Council published a calendar item about “West Side Story.”

    The Hartford Courant recently published a picture of math and science night at CREC’s Reggio Magnet School of the Arts, a story about the upcoming Earth Day event at the Energize Connecticut Center, and a story about CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School’s spring musical.

     

     

    The Metro Hartford Alliance published a story about CREC’s upcoming minority teacher recruitment fair.

    We-ha.com published a story about CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School students who will perform in “West Side Story.”

    The New Haven Register published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s U.S. News and World Report rankings.

    The Windsor Journal published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s basketball team. It was a written by a CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering student.

    The Hartford Courant recently published a story about the CREC Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies’ softball field and a photo gallery about the topic. The newspaper also published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School’s community service efforts for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a story about a CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School graduate who recently took over The Courant’s Instagram page.

    The Canton Compass recently published a story about a CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School student who is part of the cast of “West Side Story.”

  • CREC Public Safety Students Participate in Law Day

    (Enfield, CT) On Law Day, nine students from CREC's Public Safety Academy participated in a mock hearing at the Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford.

    The May 4 event was organized by the Connecticut Bar Association's civics education committee.

    During the event, CREC’s students played the role of a school board charged with deciding if students’ rights were violated as a result of the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona decision. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, which is 50 years old this year, is the reason why we must be informed today of certain rights when arrested, such as the right to an attorney.   

    "Law Day was a very invigorating experience," said Anisa S. Guess, a CREC Public Safety Academy junior from Windsor. "It really helped me understand how important Miranda rights are and how important it is to be aware of your rights."

    Kristopher Pieper, a sophomore from Enfield, agreed, adding that being in a courtroom made the mock hearing come to life and the cases discussed were real-life scenarios.

    "It was very informative and taught both me and my peers a thing or two about the judicial side of our government," Pieper said.

    Following the mock hearing, CREC Public Safety Academy students met judges and attorneys, and they spent time at the state Capitol, watching lawmakers in action on the last day of the 2016 legislative session.

    "Having our students participate in Law Day at the Connecticut Appellate Court was yet another example of the awesome learning opportunities that exist at the CREC Public Safety Academy," said Principal Jeff Larson. "I could not have been prouder of their performance in front of Chief Judge (Alexandra) DiPentima. We look forward to future collaborative efforts with the Connecticut Bar Association's civics education committee."

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. 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 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 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

  • CREC International Magnet School to Host Charity Kids Fair for Local Nonprofit

    Event:           CREC International Magnet School to Host Charity Kids Fair for Local Nonprofit
    Date:             Saturday, May 21, 2016
    Time:            11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Location:       CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship
                            625 Chapel Road, South Windsor

    Summary:

    CREC’s International Magnet School for Global Citizenship will partner with The Faith, Hope & Joy Foundation to host the organization’s second annual Charity Kids Fair on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The event will be held on school grounds and is open to the public.

    The Faith, Hope & Joy Foundation is based in Vernon and is a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid, medical care, and educational services to impoverished communities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship has supported the organization’s efforts since The Faith, Hope & Joy Foundation was established in 2013, but this is the first time that the school has hosted an event of this magnitude.

    The Charity Kids Fair will feature many informational booths and games. There will also be food and local entertainment. In an effort to fulfill the school’s mission, all students at CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship will help with the festival in some way. The school wants all of its students to become internationally-minded global citizens.

    All proceeds from the spring festival will support The Faith, Hope & Joy Foundation.

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. 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 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 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

  • CREC Student-Athlete Named Youth of the Year


    (Enfield, CT) Khahari Mangual, a senior student-athlete at CREC’s Public Safety Academy, was recently named both Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford and Connecticut Youth of the Year.

    “Khahari is a sharp young man,” said CREC Public Safety Academy Principal Jeff Larson. “He has been able to master being a great citizen, student, and athlete, but more importantly, he is a great person. CREC’s Public Safety Academy is so proud of his accomplishments and looks forward to him changing the world as he embarks on his collegiate journey.”

    Mangual, who lives in East Hartford, is an honor roll student, and he accepted his award at the organization’s annual gala, delivering an acceptance speech to an audience of more than 500 people. He received a standing ovation.

    In addition to diligently pursuing his studies, Mangual has served as captain of both the CREC Public Safety Academy baseball and basketball teams, earning all-league honors. He was also captain of the CREC Colts football team.

    “CREC Athletics has given me the opportunity to serve as a captain in three varsity sports,” Mangual said. “The discipline and leadership skills that I have gained, I will use for the rest of my life.”

    CREC Athletic Director Jonathan Winer says the primary goal of CREC’s sports program is to promote the overall growth of CREC students into young adults.

    “Khahari is a perfect example of an individual who grew into a leader on and off of the athletic playing field,” he said. “We are very proud of his development and are excited to see the amazing contributions he will make to society as he moves on to the next stage of his life.”

    Mangual started going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford when he was 6. He now volunteers for the organization, and he’s participated in several of its programs, including a financial literacy program and the Keystone Club, a teen leadership and service program.

    “The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford is MY safe haven,” Mangual said. “It is where I find safety and comfort and escape the troubles in my home.”

    Due to his hard work and persistence, Mangual will attend college next fall. He hopes to become a lawyer.

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. 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 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 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

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