Cummings Foundation awards two Salem educational organizations the “$100k for 100” grants.

LEAP for Education, Inc., and Salem Academy Charter School are two of the 100 Boston area nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation “$100k for 100” program.  Both Salem-based organizations were chosen from a total of 472 applicants during a competitive review process.

Salem Academy Charter School will use the Cummings Foundation grant to support its Tutoring Intervention Program, an effort to identify and support students who are at risk of academic failure.

“This grant addresses a core element of our mission, to ensure that every student can find success regardless of background, disability, or natural talent.” stated Salem Academy’s Executive Director, Sean O’Neil.

“The Cummings Foundation recognizes the successful track records of both Salem Academy Charter School and LEAP for Education in educating the youth of Salem and other communities where our clients and colleagues live and work. We are delighted to support their efforts,” said Joel Swets, Cumming Foundation’s Executive Director.

LEAP for Education, our new neighbors at 35 Congress Street in Salem, has a mission to help low-income and first-generation students succeed in middle school, high school, and college.  LEAP operates its two flagship programs, the Academic Learning Center, and College Success.  The Academic Learning Center provides comprehensive academic support and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and Arts enrichment to middle and high school students.  The College Success Program offers high-quality advisory and education services to high school and college students in Salem and Peabody so they successfully graduate from high school and post-secondary schools. LEAP is an acronym for Learn, Explore, Aspire and Pursue.

The Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits alone.

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