WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Members of the Westfield Public Schools received a $1,005,000 check to help with updating the high school.

The money comes from funding from this fiscal year’s state budget and will go towards repairs school leaders said are much needed. The money will be divided up going towards fixing the tennis courts, as well as upgrading the science labs and making improvements towards school security.

Senator John Velis graduated from Westfield High School, he said investing in all three of these is critical, “This school, very candidly speaking, as we all know needs a little bit of work and being able to do my small part with my teammates here brings me a lot of joy.”

The additional $5,000 is going towards the school’s Community Closet which offers clothes, food and personal care items to students and families. They’re looking to use that to make it more student friendly and to potentially invest in a washer and dryer.