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Sheridan County School District 2 Applies for Stronger Connections Grant

Sheridan County School District 2 Applies for Stronger Connections Grant: Sheridan County’s School District 2 has gathered community feedback on potential school programming and additional student support personnel that could receive support through the Stronger Connections Grant program. This article discusses more about the Sheridan County initiative and grant application.  

Raleigh Country School District Addresses Student Mental Health Through Grant

Raleigh Country School District Addresses Student Mental Health Through Grant: The Raleigh Country School District received $500,000 through the Stronger Connections Grant as part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. This spotlight highlights the selection process and describes other West Virginia schools receiving funding.  

$5.8 million Awarded to West Virginia Through Stronger Connections Grant

$5.8 million Awarded to West Virginia Through Stronger Connections Grant: Recently, 20 West Virginia school districts received almost $5.8 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds to expand school mental health programs. This article has more details. 

Free Virtual Therapy for Wenatchee School District Students

Free Virtual Therapy for Wenatchee School District Students: The Wenatchee School District has partnered with Daybreak Health to provide students access to free virtual therapy through a $1.5 million Stronger Connections Grant. This article discusses the therapy program in more detail. 

Olympia Area School Districts Receive Stronger Connections Grants

Olympia Area School Districts Receive Stronger Connections Grants: The Granger School District and the Pasco School District received Stronger Connections Grant funds to assist in supporting students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health. Articles from local NBC and Fox affiliates discuss the plans for these funds in greater detail.  

Walla Walla Public Schools Receives Stronger Connections Grant Funding

Walla Walla School District to Implement Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, Establish New Partnerships: Walla Walla Public Schools received $1.6 million in Stronger Connections Grant funding to implement the Universal Design for Learning teaching approach and support the district’s partnerships with the Community in Schools and Hazel Mental Health organizations. This article discusses grant and new partnerships in more detail. 

Kent School District Funds Community Outreach with Stronger Connections Grant

Kent School District Funds Community Outreach with Stronger Connections Grant: The Kent School District received $505,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funds to help provide students with a safe and healthy school environment. Through this initiative, the district’s re-engagement specialist will partner with a community-based organization to connect families with extra resources. This article details this outreach project. 

Stronger Connections Grants to Support Safe and Healthy Environments in Washington Public Schools

Stronger Connections Grants to Support Safe and Healthy Environments in Washington Public Schools: The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has awarded over $15 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds to 26 school districts to implement a range of supports, such as hiring mental health specialists and providing professional development on resilience. This spotlight showcases the districts awarded funds and associated plans. 

Prince Edward Schools Apply for Stronger Connections Grant

Prince Edward Schools Apply for Stronger Connections Grant: Officials of the Prince Edward Country Public School Board hope to receive $300,000‒$350,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funds to purchase equipment and physical safety measures to protect schools and students. This spotlight outlines Prince Edward County’s application and proposed use of funds.  

Harlandale District to Combat Bullying with Stronger Connections Grant

Harlandale District to Combat Bullying with Stronger Connections Grant: The Texas Education Agency has awarded $1.5 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds to the Harlandale Independent School District to improve its response to harassment, bullying, and violence. This article has more information.  

Stronger Connections Grant Awarded to Lufkin Independent School District

Stronger Connections Grant Awarded to Lufkin Independent School District: The Lufkin Independent School District received over $1 million in Stronger Connections Grant funding to provide supportive resources for students’ academic and non-academic needs. This article describes the resources supported by the funding.

Harmony Public Schools System Receives Stronger Connections Grant

Harmony Public Schools System Receives Stronger Connections Grant: The Texas Education Agency recently awarded Harmony Public Schools, a public charter school organization, $3 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds to hire additional support personnel, purchase software to assist in emotional development teaching, and extend partnerships with local agencies that support crisis response. This article describes the regions covered by the award and plans for the funding.  

Tennessee Department of Education Awards Stronger Connections Grants

Tennessee Department of Education Awards Stronger Connections Grants: The Hawkins County School System, 1 of 18 school districts awarded a portion of the $18 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds awarded by the Tennessee Department of Education, will use its $1.1 million allocation to address student mental health, behavior, and staff training. Articles in The Kingsport Times News and The Rogersville Review describe the Hawkins County plan.  

East Greenwich School Department Receives Stronger Connections Grant

East Greenwich School Department Receives Stronger Connections Grant: The Rhode Island Department of Education awarded the East Greenwich School Department $140,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funds to support a school climate initiative, which will include a Multi-Tiered System of Support to meet the needs of the students. This spotlight outlines the initiative.

Rhode Island Department of Education Awards $4.8 Million to Local Education Agencies

Rhode Island Department of Education Awards $4.8 Million to Local Education Agencies: The Rhode Island Department of Education allocated Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Stronger Connections Grant funds to 12 local education agencies, each of which received up to $450,000. The funds will support Multi-Tiered Systems of Support projects and expand social-emotional learning. This article lists the local education agencies selected and details the competitive process.

Westville Public Schools Awarded Stronger Connections Grant

Westville Public Schools Awarded Stronger Connections Grant: The Westville Public School System received $350,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funding from the Oklahoma State Department of Education to add a mental health professional, provide intruder preparedness training, and harden school perimeters. This article provides more information.  

New Benefits for Tannehill Public School Students

New Benefits for Tannehill Public School Students: The Tannehill Public School System proudly announced that it will use its $350,000 Stronger Connections Grant funding to upgrade safety around campus, add a resource officer, and hire its first full-time counselor. This spotlight with Superintendent Jonathan Booth highlights the importance of these improvements. 

Oklahoma Builds Safe and Healthy School Communities

Oklahoma Builds Safe and Healthy School Communities: In Oklahoma, 38 public schools and districts received more than $11 million in Stronger Connections Grant funding. This spotlight showcases those schools and districts receiving awards. 

Lockland School District Develops Wellness Department

Lockland School District Develops Wellness Department: The Lockland School District will use $50,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funding to develop a wellness department to support the needs of faculty, staff, and students. This article explains more about the program. 

Cambridge School District Lands Stronger Connections Grant

Cambridge School District Lands Stronger Connections Grant: The Cambridge City School District received almost $100,000 in funding for educating students in grades 6‒12, staff, parents, and the community about the consequences of vaping. This article discusses the district’s strategy. 

Dover City Schools Receive $75,000 Grant

Dover City Schools Receive $75,000 Grant: Dover City Schools have received Stronger Connections Grant funds to implement a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. This article discusses the implementation of this program. 

Defiance City Schools Increase Awareness of Vaping Dangers

Defiance City Schools Increase Awareness of Vaping Dangers: The Defiance City Schools Board of Education, in partnership with the local community and health department, plans to use $50,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funds to raise awareness of the dangers of vaping. This article describes their planned approach

West Branch School District Receives Stronger Connections Grant

West Branch School District Receives Stronger Connections Grant: The West Branch School District has received $19,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funding to support the salary of the district’s registered nurse. This article has more information about this grant and others received by West Branch Schools.   

North Olmsted City Schools Awarded Stronger Connections Grant:

North Olmsted City Schools Awarded Stronger Connections Grant: North Olmsted City Schools received over $52,000 from the state of Ohio’s Stronger Connections Grant to support school counselors and the district’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program. This article has more information. 

Union Local School District Boosts Security and Staff Training with State Grants

Union Local School District Boosts Security and Staff Training with State Grants: Union Local School District in Belmont County, Ohio, received approximately $38,000 from the Stronger Connections Grant program to assist in training staff on making strong connections with students and families. This article has more information about the training and improved security. 

Berea City Schools Use Stronger Connections Grant for Mental Health

Berea City Schools Use Stronger Connections Grant for Mental Health: Berea City Schools created a mental health administrator position supported by Stronger Connections Grant funds. This position will focus on the management and supervision of the district’s mental health programs and needs. This spotlight outlines the new position and its potential impact on the mental health department. 

Ohio Department of Education Announces Stronger Connections Grant Awardees

Ohio Department of Education Announces Stronger Connections Grant Awardees: Over 750 districts and schools across the state of Ohio received over $33 million through the Stronger Connections Grant program to provide students safer and healthier learning environments. This article has more information about the awardees and their Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.  

Rugby Public Schools Awarded Grant from State Office

Rugby Public Schools Awarded Grant from State Office: Rugby High School and Ely Elementary School recently received Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Stronger Connections Grant funds. Nearly $470,000 will help to support student mental health initiatives, and over $60,000 will support updated security measures. This article has more information. 

North Dakota Awards Stronger Connections Grants

North Dakota Awards Stronger Connections Grants: The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction received over $4.8 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant will enable 13 high-need school districts to create safer and healthier learning environments. This article lists the districts receiving funds.  

New Mexico Uses Stronger Connections Grant for School Safety

New Mexico Uses Stronger Connections Grant for School Safety: The New Mexico Public Education Department will use Stronger Connections Grant funds to implement first-of-its-kind school safety technology to communicate between schools and first responders. This spotlight describes the importance of school safety and how the new technology will be used by the district. 

Nevada Distributes Stronger Connections Grants to Support Student Safety

Nevada Distributes Stronger Connections Grants to Support Student Safety: The Nevada Department of Education distributed $8.4 million to 20 high-need districts and charter schools under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Stronger Connections Grant to establish safer and healthier learning environments. An announcement from the Nevada Department of Education, an article in The Nevada Independent, and a local television news story have more details.  

Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Reflects on First Quarter of 2023 School Year

Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Reflects on First Quarter of 2023 School Year: Superintendent Andrew Dick discusses the beginning of the school year and how Stronger Connections Grant funds will help to support students’ mental health and well-being. This article has more information.  

Nebraska Department of Education Awards Stronger Connections Grant

Nebraska Department of Education Awards Stronger Connections Grant: Scottsbluff Public Schools in Nebraska received a $255,000 Stronger Connections Grant for safety and security, establishing support for safer and healthier learning environments. This article and this news video provide more information.  

Montana Awards Stronger Connections Grants

Montana Awards Stronger Connections Grants: Evergreen Elementary School in Montana received $20,500 in Stronger Connections Grant funding for student safety training focused on physical and emotional safety. This article has more information about plans for the funding.

Superintendent Arntzen Awards Stronger Connections Grants

Superintendent Arntzen Awards Stronger Connections Grants: Superintendent Elsie Arntzen awarded $4.8 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds to 25 school districts. This article lists the districts receiving grant funds and details the selection process.  

Cabool Schools Awarded $400,000 Grant

Cabool Schools Awarded $400,000 Grant: The Cabool School District in Missouri will allocate Stronger Connections Grant funds to enhance family engagement and mental health services for students. This article has more information about proposed STEM activities and additional personnel.  

Worcester County Public Schools Expected to Receive Millions to Help Students

Worcester County Public Schools Expected to Receive Millions to Help Students: Maryland’s Worcester County Schools will increase student safety and family engagement by hiring support personnel and implementing sensory integration training with $2.6 million in Stronger Connections Grant funds. This article has more details. 

St. Helena Parish School System Upgrades Security Measures Through Grant

St. Helena Parish School System Upgrades Security Measures Through Grant: St. Helena Parish Schools will update their schools’ security technology and will purchase digital visitor sign-in software with funds from a Stronger Connections Grant awarded earlier this year. This article discusses other proposed security updates.

Red River Parish Public Schools to Increase Security Measures with Half-Million Dollar Grant:

Red River Parish Public Schools to Increase Security Measures with Half-Million Dollar Grant: Red River Parish Schools in Louisiana will address the concerns of parents, staff, and students with funds from a Stronger Connections Grant. This news report describes further how Red River Parish plans to enhance security measures for their students and staff.  

Concordia Parish School Board Getting $500K Grant for Safer Schools

Concordia Parish School Board Getting $500K Grant for Safer Schools: Louisiana’s Concordia Parish Schools will prioritize school safety by using Stronger Connections Grant funds to limit access points in schools. This article has more information about the plan to purchase security equipment and provide training for staff.

Louisiana Awards over $20 Million to Harden School Perimeters

Louisiana Awards over $20 Million to Harden School Perimeters: The Louisiana Department of Education is investing its Stronger Connections Grant funds in school safety through access control measures. This article describes more about the proposed plans.  

Marshall Schools to Receive Stronger Connections Grant

Marshall Schools to Receive Stronger Connections Grant: The Marshall County School System in Kentucky plans to implement several initiatives to encourage safer school environments, including participating in the Live Big Community program for girls in grades 5-12 and enrolling in the K12 Insight platform. This article has more information about these programs. 

Logan County Schools Awarded $459K Stronger Connections Grant

Logan County Schools Awarded $459K Stronger Connections Grant: Kentucky’s Logan County Schools received Stronger Connections Grant funds to help meet students’ social and emotional needs and to provide mental-health‒focused professional development for school staff.  This article and this news report discuss more about Logan County Schools’ plans for the funds. 

Christian County Schools Receive Grant to Strengthen Student Well-Being

Christian County Schools Receive Grant to Strengthen Student Well-Being: With over $700,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funds, Christian County Public Schools in Kentucky will implement an anti-drug and anti-bullying curriculum and will expand mental health resources for students. This article has more details about the plan of action.

Concordia Unified School District 333 Awarded 3-Year Grant

Concordia Unified School District 333 Awarded 3-Year Grant: Kansas’s Unified School District 333 received a Stronger Connections Grant, which will fund the implementation of the student-centered School Within a School program to address the specialized social-emotional and mental health needs of its students. This article has more details about the School Within a School concept and the activities that Stronger Connections Grant funds will support.  

Lawrence School District Awarded Grant for Behavior Support

Lawrence School District Awarded Grant for Behavior Support: The Lawrence School District in Kansas will allocate its Stronger Connections Grant funds to hire certified support specialists and to connect students and their families to community resources that provide behavioral support. This article describes proposed plans and community partnerships. 

Muncie Community Schools Lands $400,000 Stronger Connections Grant

Muncie Community Schools Lands $400,000 Stronger Connections Grant: Muncie Community Schools in Indiana will use their $400,000 Stronger Connections Grant award to establish safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments. This article describes the action plan.  

Sullivan County Schools Receive Grant Money to Create Inclusive Learning Environments

Sullivan County Schools Receive Grant Money to Create Inclusive Learning Environments: Indiana’s Southwest School Corporation plans to use its $400,000 Stronger Connections Grant funds to meet students’ social, emotional, and physical needs. This news report has more information.  

DC Expanding Mental Health Services for Students

DC Expanding Mental Health Services for Students: Local Washington, DC, agencies received $4.5 million in Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Stronger Connections Grant funds to encourage safer and healthier learning environments. This article has more details and awardee information.

Gainesville School District Receives $400,000 Grant

Gainesville School District Receives $400,000 Grant: The Gainesville School District in Arkansas received $400,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funds to enhance community support systems for elementary and high school students. This news item describes how the district plans to support student mental health.  

State Grant Awarded to Piedmont Schools

State Grant Awarded to Piedmont Schools: The Piedmont City School System plans to implement several mental health and behavioral initiatives with Stronger Connections Grant funds, including launching Rhithm software and offering peer listener training for Piedmont Schools students. This article discusses the Rhithm software and other funding activities. 

New Benefits for Cherokee County School Students

New Benefits for Cherokee County School Students: The Cherokee County School District in Alabama proudly announces that it will use its $400,000 Stronger Connections Grant funding to develop a Stakeholder Success Center for scholars. Read more information about the enhancement here. 

Dale Schools Awarded Stronger Connections Grant

Dale Schools Awarded Stronger Connections Grant: The Dale County School System will provide in-house mental health counseling from licensed counselors and other support programs with funds awarded by the Alabama Stronger Connections Grant Program. Read more about the program from DCS’s superintendent here.

The Alabama State Department of Education Announces Stronger Connections Grant Awardees

The Alabama State Department of Education Announces Stronger Connections Grant Awardees: Over 30 districts across the state will receive funding to bolster their Multi-Tiered System of Support, promoting safe and healthy schools as well as community and family partnerships. Read more about the awardees here

Selma City Schools Receive Grant from State Office

Selma City Schools Receive Grant from State Office: The Academic Support, Social-Emotional Learning, and Central Office teams of Selma City Schools in Alabama led the effort to receive nearly $400,000 in Stronger Connections Grant funds to increase community engagement and mental health support for students. Read more about the plan to provide intentional programs using SCG funds here.

States Rolling Out ‘Stronger Connections’ Grants to Bolster School Safety

States Rolling Out Grants to Bolster School Safety: Many states have started making competitive subgrant awards under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Stronger Connections Grant (SCG) to their high-need LEAs with the goal of establishing safer and healthier learning environments. Read more about the progress of various states in their SCG administration, with a specific highlight on Virginia and Texas, here.

Oklahoma Awards Stronger Connections Grants (SCG)

Oklahoma Awards Stronger Connections Grants (SCG): Tannehill Public School in Oklahoma was awarded $350,000 in SCG funding to help build a safe and healthy school community. Read more about their plans for funds, including hiring the first full-time counselor, here.