Join FOCRLS in rising to the challenge

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Dear Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School,

This year, in our current COVID reality, as we feel challenged to remember our blessings and look for hope, we can seek comfort and connection through community and find meaning by helping CRLS parents and children whose struggles are greater than ours.In the face of the COVID crisis, FOCRLS has worked to rise to the challenge.

To respond to the increased need for food assistance, FOCRLS was able to expand an existing partnership with the CRLS Family Liaison through a city grant to provide $100 Market Basket vouchers to 100 struggling families. In spite of having to cancel our Spring Bash because of the pandemic, we were still able to provide $55,000 in scholarships to 36 members of the CRLS Class of 2020; this was possible because of the incredible generosity of so many of you and our local corporate sponsors, particularly Google, Philips North America LLC, and CambridgeSeven. To help CRLS parents find a way to meet each other and connect, FOCRLS held a virtual get together in early November.

In the coming months, FOCRLS will seek new ways to support our faculty challenged by remote learning; provide opportunities for parents to connect; and continue to support CRLS families who are struggling because of the economic devastation that the pandemic has created. Above all, we must support our graduating seniors who will need financial assistance ─ and there will be more than ever before ─ to pursue their academic goals.

“As I pursue my degree I know that it will not be easy financially or academically, but with the help of this scholarship I was able to eliminate some of my financial struggles, which allows me to focus more on my school work.” ─ Ralph (pictured), our Class of 2020 Mary Frances Monti Memorial Scholarship awardee, now studying software engineering at George Washington University

To make all of this possible, we ask for your support. One of the best things that has emerged from this COVID crisis is the countless examples of acts of generosity. And we know that you will be providing one more example.

Donate online at focrls.org (automatic recurring monthly gifts are especially appreciated) or mail a check payable to Friends of CRLS, along with your contact information, to Friends of CRLS, P.O. Box 391541, Cambridge MA 02139.

Because of your past generosity, we know, with the need so VERY great this year, that we can count on you to provide more generously than ever!

Gratefully,

Jamie Sabino
President, FOCRLS Board of Directors

Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. FOCRLS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

To learn about our programs or find out more about donating, establishing a scholarship, involving your business, or volunteering, please visit focrls.org.

Join FOCRLS for our CRLS Parents Welcome Party on Tuesday, 11/10/2020

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FOCRLS CRLS Parents Welcome Party
Tuesday, November 10th
7:00-8:00 PM
Please R.S.V.P. with your name and your child’s grade to info@focrls.org
Zoom info to follow

Dear CRLS Parents and Caregivers,

In these times when it is so hard to connect, this will be your chance to meet other CRLS parents and share experiences, joys, and concerns.

We’ll open with a Welcome Session and then have class-by-class Breakout Rooms, giving you an opportunity to connect with others.

We look forward to seeing you (on our computer screens)!

FOCRLS Presents Our New Annual Report!

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We hope you’ll read, enjoy, and be inspired by the content that we’ve collected in our new annual report to remind you that by donating to Friends of CRLS you’re investing in the future – not just these students’ futures, but in the future for all of us.

Highlights:

  • Photos and quotations from many of our Class of 2020 scholarship awardees who are now starting their first year in college.  See their rosy faces and read their own words about their plans, how scholarships bring their goals closer, and their thanks for your support. 
     
  • Our appreciation of Dr. Christopher Saheed
     
  • Photos and bios from the 2020 Faculty Distinction Awardees
     
  • Gratitude to our Bash sponsors
     
  • Recognition of our scholarship sponsors, donors, and givers to CRLS
     
  • Acknowledgment of volunteers and helpful colleagues
     
  • Cameos by our mascot Friendly the Falcon and colorful graphics we assembled specifically for this report

Thank You to These Community Businesses

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Thank you again to all of the local businesses that provided
prizes for Friends of CRLS’s 2019 Spring Raffle.

We wish you all the best during these times and
look forward to continuing our partnerships

Artist & Craftsman Supply

Atlantis Sports Club

B Cummings Hair Salon

Bonny’s Garden Center

Boston Burger Company

Broadway Marketplace

Cambridge Common Restaurant

Cambridge Naturals

Cambridge Family YMCA

Club Passim

Courthouse Seafood

Curio Spice Co.

Dave’s Fresh Pasta

Flatbread Company

Formaggio Kitchen

Harvard Book Store

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Healthworks Cambridge

Henry Bear’s Park

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Inman Square Hardware

Irving House at Harvard

The Mad Monkfish

Made by Me

Marathon Sports

McKinnon’s Meat Market

MEM Tea

Mike’s Food & Spirits

Nomad

Nüssli118°

Orleans Restaurant

Paper Source

Passage to India

Porter Square Books

The Porter Square Hotel & Colette Bistro

Somerville Theatre

Spindler Confections

Seven Stars

Veggie Galaxy

When Pigs Fly

Whole Heart Provisions

The Williams Agency / Boston JerkFest

The WRITE Coach

To learn more about Friends of CRLS’s College Scholarships, Faculty Innovation Grants, and other programs, as well as our Bash to be scheduled this fall, get in touch with us:

focrls.org

info@focrls.org

bashmanager@focrls.org