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Weinberg Foundation awards Cristo Rey Network $495,371 Gift
Posted 02/21/2012 12:30PM

CHICAGO – February 21, 2012 – The Cristo Rey Network is pleased to announce a $495,371 gift from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. today to support the Cristo Rey Network Capital Projects Fund as well as general operations.

Three Cristo Rey member schools are recipients of this grant to support the institutions’ capital renovation projects underway. These projects will enhance the capacity of each school’s facility to serve underrepresented students with limited educational options whiles assuring that the facility is accessible to those with disabilities, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and volunteers. Grant beneficiaries include:

  1. Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (Washington, D.C.)  - $330,060
    Funds will support a two-story addition and the renovations of the kitchen, plus renovations of the existing storage and boiler room space that will become a counseling center. The project will expand the footprint by 12,000 sq. ft. with a two-floor addition to the southwest corner of the existing facility, including building three new science labs, three new classrooms, two new teacher resource/professional development rooms, new restrooms, and new equipment. Renovations will include the kitchen and turning the current storage and boiler room into a new counseling center.

  2. Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School - $90,311
    Funds will support the capital project of ten new classrooms, a student computer lab, breakfast and lunch space for students, a dedicated college guidance office, and on-site chapel, offices and meeting room space, a faculty work area, a professional business development office, student lockers, and furniture and equipment.

  3. Cristo Rey Boston High School - $50,000
    Funds will support the completion of the growth and general improvements of the building. This includes renovations in three areas affecting different needs of the school: (1) constructions of a serving kitchen, (2) upgrades to the HVAC system, and (3) redesigned office space to prepare for a growing student body.

“We are grateful for the Weinberg Foundation’s generosity in supporting the Cristo Rey Network and our member schools’ capital ventures,” said Cristo Rey Network President and CEO Robert J. Birdsell. “This support enables our schools to provide students with safer learning environments and the frameworks for success."

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