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Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets! 
Raffle ticket sales are over.
Prize winners will be drawn in late May, and prizes will be mailed approximately June 1st.k Line

40+ prizes, courtesy of many of our favorite businesses in Cambridge and Somerville — restaurants, stores, services, entertainment venues, health clubs, and more — including the ones below.  All proceeds from ticket sales support opportunities for CRLS students, grads, and faculty through Friends of CRLS’s College Scholarships, Student Travel Fellowships, Faculty Innovation Grants, Faculty Distinction Awards, and the Unsung Heroes Program.

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Isaiah Robinson and Lorra Marseille, both CRLS seniors and recipients of FOCRLS Student Travel Fellowships, presented a slide show at the FOCRLS Bash on 3/29/18 about their February 2018 service learning trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Photo by Jean Cummings of

Spring 2018 Bash a Smash!!

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, we threw Friends of CRLS’s biggest event yet, our 2018 Spring Bash.

Some highlights:

    • $65,000 (and counting!) in funds raised to support opportunities at CRLS
    • CRLS students celebrated through music, visual media, and applause
    • 200+ guests – parents, alumni, students, faculty, sponsors, donors, volunteers, Mayor Marc McGovern, City Manager Louis DePasquale, and more – enjoyed a wonderful party hosted and catered by Google in Kendall Square
    • Robin Young, award-winning journalist and radio host of WBUR’s Here & Now, made the evening flow as both emcee and auctioneer
    • Marjorie Decker, State Representative and CRLS alumna, spoke passionately about equity and diversity

Gigantic gratitude to Google and all of our event sponsors (below), donors, attendees, performers, presenters, and Bash Committee.

Special thanks to Jean Cummings of for the vibrant story and festive photos.

Stay tuned:  we’ll be posting more from the Bash soon.



Elmer, CRLS Class of 2016 recipient of the Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award, who is now attending Harvard University, as an alumni guest speaker at FOCRLS’s Special Reception for Scholarship Sponsors on CRLS Scholarship Night, May 18, 2017 (Photo by Bethany Versoy)
Ruksat, CRLS Class of 2017 recipient of the Rose & Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship, who is now attending Brandeis University
Miles, CRLS Class of 2017 recipient of the “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for Mathematics and the Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship, who is now attending Harvard University
Zoe, CRLS Class of 2017 recipient of the Elizabeth Vernon Scholarship for Volunteerism and Community Service, who is now attending MIT

Our 10th Year Annual Report is Here!

Winner of “Best in Annual Reports @ FOCRLS”
Good Read – Great Photos

We’re delighted to share our Limited Edition 10th Year Annual Report! CLICK HERE to view our Annual Report online. Highlights include reportage of our 10th Year Birthday Bash, quotations from and photos of our scholarship awardees, and details about how we raised over $200,000 this past fiscal year to support opportunities at CRLS.

Slideshow about FoCRLS

Friends of CRLS’s new slideshow, which features photos of many of our awardees, is a great overview of our programs, impact, outreach, and fundraising. We hope you will take a few moments to scroll through the .pdf of the Friends of CRLS slideshow here.

FOCRLS’ Newest Student Prize Announced!

We are excited to announce the newest student prize: The Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music. Please support this award generously in its inaugural year!

FOCRLS’ Newest Scholarship Announced!

We are excited to announce the newest student scholarship: The Rose and Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship. Please support this scholarship to help the next generation reach the American dream.

InvestCRLS Campaign Announced!

InvestCRLS is a new community-opportunity campaign to close in on the opportunity and achievement gaps at CRLS and unleash the diverse and extraordinary talents of our 1800+ students. It includes a new major donor ($1,000+) campaign and an exciting “100 x 100” business initiative. … Continue Reading

Our Mission

The mission of the Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School is to develop, support, and enrich the academic and social development programs at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and to support the alumni of CRLS and its predecessor schools. In so doing, FOCRLS promotes achievement and a greater community investment in the future of CRLS, its current students, and its graduates. Friends of CRLS is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit association founded by two CRLS parents in 2006.

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Faculty Innovation Grants recipient Kathleen FitzGerald’s “Veterans History Project,”
Yordanos, CRLS Class of 2017 recipient of the “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for Engineering, who is now enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with her mother and brother on CRLS Scholarship Night.

5% Day and $17,840 for FoCRLS from Whole Foods

Student volunteers at 5% Day at Whole Foods, River Street

Student volunteers at 5% Day at Whole Foods, River Street.

April 6, 2017 was 5% Day for Friends of CRLS at Whole Foods Market stores, a four-location event that earned our organization a donation total of $17,840! All proceeds benefit the students, grads, and faculty of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Student and adult volunteers attended FoCRLS tables at all four participating stores — Prospect StreetRiver Street, and Fresh Pond in Cambridge as well as Beacon Street in Somerville — representing CRLS and FoCRLS and reminding shoppers that 5% of their entire purchase helps bring opportunities to Cambridge’s only public high school. On May 26, there was an official presentation at the Fresh Pond store with a giant check bearing the donation amount. FoCRLS Executive Director Elaine Schear says that the Whole Foods contribution is “the kind of generous corporate investment in our whole student community that will have a broad impact on their learning and aspirations. Students and parents came out in force to be a presence in the stores throughout the day on April 6th.They understand the significance.” Thank you to Cambridge and Somerville Whole Foods Marketing & Community Liaison Matthew Keller, the managers and team members of the four stores, our student and adult volunteers, and everyone who shopped that day!

Help us provide inspiration and opportunities for Cambridge high school students.