Andover Public Schools was awarded a $100,000 grant through the Cummings Foundation "100K for 100" program.

They were chosen from 547 applicants to receive the grant.

According to a press release from Andover Public Schools, the grant will enable all five elementary schools to focus on cultural proficiency, identity and introspection through professional development opportunities for teachers.

It will also allow for elementary students to explore their own identities through literature and the arts, service learning, and experiences within their communities.

The grant will be managed by South School Principal Tracy Crowley and Assistant Principal Kathy Caron.

“The Cummings ‘100K for 100’ grant will accelerate our initiative to improve civics education," Superintendent Sheldon Berman said in the statement. "Educating our children to be part of an inclusive community requires tolerance and open-mindedness, appreciation of diverse cultures and respect for multiple abilities and perspectives."

The "100K for 100" program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffix counties. The Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings managed by Cummings Properties.

Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space.

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