FRAMINGHAM – Connolly Chevrolet in Framingham donated $1.000 to the Brophy Elementary School PTO this holiday season.
GM dealers have a new program this year that allows dealers to choose a Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) at a local elementary school to sponsor during the 2021-2022 school year.
Adam Connolly from Herb Connolly Chevrolet chose Brophy Elementary in Framingham, as this is where his “nieces and nephew went to elementary school.”
“The Brophy Elementary School PTO is so grateful to Connolly Chevrolet for the generous donation to our school. The Brophy teachers, staff, and administration work hard every day to make it a special place to learn and grow for our students,” said Brophy Elementary PTO President Lori Moser.
Chris Connolly from Connolly Auto Group presented the $1,000 check to PTO President Moser this week.
Connolly’s daughters and son attended Brophy Elementary.
“Not all of Framingham’s elementary schools can raise the same amount of funds for its students and school,” said Connolly, who said some elementary schools raised 3,4, or 5 times the amount Brophy was able to fundraise, when his children attended the neighborhood school.
Brophy Elementary, while nestled in a suburban neighborhood in District 3, has a population of high-needs, multi-lingual students.
Many of the 465 students are bused in to the K-5 school from other neighborhoods.
According to the district, 62% of the students at Brophy Elementary are low income and for 57% of the students English is not their first language.
“Some of the parents don’t even have transportation for parent-teacher conference, so the PTO pays for taxi cabs to take the parents to and from the school for those conferences,” explained Connolly.
Connolly said one year the PTO was hit with a $5,000 bill for wood chips. The wood chips were needed to make the elementary school’s playground safe. The PTO did not have the funds, so Connolly Auto Group paid for the needed wood chips.
“As a PTO, it is important for us to support the teachers in whatever way we can. This donation will help immensely in filling the gap for some of the things that fall outside of the budget,” said PTO President Moser. “We appreciate Connolly Chevrolet for recognizing our need, and working as a community partner to make things a little better for our children.”