Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation “$100K for 100” program. The School was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process. The official award certificates will be presented to all the funded non-profts by Bill and Joyce Cummings on June 6, 2019.
The 100K for 100 program supports non-profits based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
These grant funds will be used to provide students in Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School’s construction programs (carpentry-masonry-electrical-plumbing-HVACR) with the opportunity to gain authentic work experiences through building projects on campus. One of the projects will be the rebuilding of Larkin Memorial Cottage, named for Catherine Larkin a former student who as a nurse was killed in World War II. It is a historic building on the property that is in major disrepair and will need to be rebuilt to serve as a museum dedicated to the rich history of Essex Agricultural School with meeting spaces that would be available to organizations located on the North Shore and Cape Ann.