We just received huge news about a $6 million federal grant related to improving school safety and student health. Steele Howen on the Albemarle County Public Schools staff deserves a lot of the credit for working on this grant partnership with the Commission on Children and Families and the City of Charlottesville Schools. I look forward to having the School Board briefed on this work in the upcoming school year.
July 24, 2009 * Daily Progress [full story]
Safer, healthier students on way? $6 million grant to tackle concerns
Charlottesville and Albemarle County are jointly receiving nearly $6 million to help bolster programs targeting violence and substance-abuse prevention in schools and childhood development.
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students federal grant will be spread out over the next four years between the two divisions. The programs that both school systems will implement through the grant will address a range of issues that concern youth — such as violence and bullying prevention, early childhood social and emotional learning, access to counseling and family-support services and resistance to peer pressure on drugs and alcohol consumption.
The initiative is designed to work all the way from the preschool level through the 12th grade to head off social and emotional troubles that could hinder students’ learning. Combined, Charlottesville and Albemarle was the only grant recipient in Virginia, and received one of 29 grants administered nationwide.