Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
FOCRLS is an all-volunteer tax-deductible 501(c)(3) foundation, sustained by the efforts of a network of parents, alumni, and members of the community.
The Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (FOCRLS) was founded by CRLS parents Elaine Schear and Donna Spiegelman in December 2006, with the mission to raise private funds from within the Cambridge community to support and enrich the academic and social development programs at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and in so doing promote achievement for all students and a greater community investment in the future of Cambridge youth.
Faculty Innovation Grants is our flagship program. Since its inception in 2007, one hundred and ten teachers, counselors, librarians, and academic club advisors have received grants of up to $1,000 each from FOCRLS for innovations that have enhanced learning and supported students from across every department — from biology to photography, fine arts to culinary arts, special needs programs to author visits and audiobooks, cultural and service learning experiences from Boston to Turkey, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic.
Unsung Heroes Student Incentive Awards are given to outstanding students who are selected from nominations by teachers and deans for their emergence as achievers, based upon academic progress, improved attendance, citizenship, stewardship, and athletic leadership during the previous term. In the first two years since this program was launched in 2008, sixty-four Unsung Heroes have been recognized!
Student Travel Fellowships was launched last year and has already provided up to $1,000 each for three academically-qualified students from low-income families to participate in school-sponsored cultural and service-learning trips to France and the Dominican Republic.
Faculty Distinction Awards gives seniors each year the opportunity during graduation ceremonies to celebrate the teachers who have made the most significant contribution to their learning and growth while at CRLS.
First Scholars Awards was instituted in 2010. These scholarships of $1,000 each go to three seniors who are the first in their family to attend a four-year institution of higher education.
Dr. Christopher Saheed Future Educators Scholarships will be offered for the first time in spring 2012. In honor of the educational leadership of our former CRLS Principal, this scholarship is based upon a student’s intention to pursue a career in education at a 2 or 4-year college. Two scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded.
It Takes a Village project is intended to help CRLS graduates maximize their college success. In ITAV’s pilot stage, starting this June, a group of 20-25 CRLS students entering UMass Boston or one of the Massachusetts community colleges (Bunker Hill, Middlesex, Mass Bay) in the fall will take Accuplacer exam workshops which will help them in college placement exams. A major expansion is planned for the upcoming academic year.