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For press inquiries:

Zoe Stetson - Communications Specialist
estetson@crec.org or (860) 509-3663

For other information:

Aura Alvarado - Director of Communications and Community Relations
aalvarado@crec.org or (860) 524-4065

Recent Press Releases

Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Hosts Chess Tournament for K-12 Students April 28

Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School HostsAnnual Scholastic Chess Tournament for Area K-12 Students April 28(Hartford, Conn.) Student chess enthusiasts are invited to compete in the Annual Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, April 28, at Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School (GEHMS), 95 Oak Street, Glastonbury. Spectators are also welcome. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open to students of all skill levels in kindergarten through grade 12 who attend GEHMS, other Capitol Region Education Council magnet schools, Glastonbury Public Schools, and schools in surrounding towns. Students will compete for trophies and medals in this Swiss system format tournament where students play within their age groups and experience levels. Lunch will be provided for the players and available for purchase by spectators. The $25 entry fee is due by Friday, April 20. (Registration the day of the event is $50.) Register and pay at tinyurl.com/ChessTournament2018. For more information, contact David Aldi at dja21857@yahoo.com or Shiva Prasad at shiva.gehms@gmail.com.###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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Broadway Star to Teach Master Class to CREC Musical Theater Students

(Hartford, Conn.) Mandy Gonzalez, a star of Broadway’s hit musical Hamilton, will teach a master class to musical theater students from New Britain High School, CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, and Central Connecticut State University at New Britain High School, 110 Mill Street, on April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be treated to the opportunity to personally work with Gonzalez and professional dance and acting coaches. The “Broadway on Mill Street” event is sponsored by the Central Connecticut State University/Ana Grace Project Collaborative and the Consolidated School District of New Britain.Gonzalez is a world-renowned artist and a Drama Desk and OBIE Award-winning actor. She joined the Broadway cast of Hamilton in September 2016 when she succeeded Tony-winner Renée Elise Goldsberry in the role of Angelica Schuyler. Gonzalez also starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. She has performed with symphonies across the country and around the world, and released a solo CD last year. She has also appeared on the television shows Madam Secretary and Quantic. Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. It won 11 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography, and Orchestrations. The Ana Grace Project was founded in memory Ana Grace Márquez-Greene in response to the Sandy Hook, Connecticut school shooting that took her life on Dec. 14, 2012. It is dedicated to promoting love, community, and connection for every child and family through three lead initiatives: partner schools, professional development, and music and arts.For more information, visit info@anagraceproject.org.###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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CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School Student is Write On

(Hartford, Conn.) Sophia Ciraldo, a student at CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, was selected as a winner in Write On, Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition for Connecticut students in grades 9 through 12. The program is unique in its offering of professional-quality play development to a select few young, aspiring writers. Sophia is a tenth grade, full-day student, who lives in Glastonbury. She was one of four students chosen to participate.She and the other Write On playwrights had the unique opportunity to learn about professional play development first-hand from playwright Mfoniso Udofia, a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator. Over several months, Udofia led the students in intensive writing workshops at Hartford Stage and helped them turn their ideas into 10-minute play scripts. The program culminated in late March with readings of their plays performed by local actors and directed by professional directors, who also worked closely with the young playwrights.###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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Building Transformational Community and Ally-ship

The Hartford Region Open Choice Program partnered with Hartford’s Discovery Center to develop an interactive, two-day workshop series that took place on April 9 and 10 at The Learning Corridor in Hartford. The theme was "Building Transformational Community and Ally-ship.” Approximately 35 Open Choice participants and their suburban allies connected with each other in a nurturing environment. They were led through experiential diversity and inclusion activities, teambuilding activities, and facilitated dialogue by Discovery Center staff trained in transformational dialogue technique and anti-racist pedagogy. The students grappled with manifestations of racism and other forms of oppression in their schools, identified ally behaviors, and co-created action plans to improve their school cultures. They also toured the Old State House and enjoyed an afternoon of bowling together. ###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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