WATERTOWN- Schools in Lewis and Jefferson County are being encouraged to seek grant funding through the Safe Schools Endeavor.
The Safe Schools Endeavor stresses awareness, empowerment, and action within school communities, and grant proposals will be evaluated based upon the degree to which they embody these desired outcomes, according to the Northern New York Community Foundation.
“We are grateful to the many businesses and individuals who have made gifts in support of this initiative, and we appreciate how their continued support has enabled us to invite schools to again share their best proposals and apply for funding,” said Erika Flint, Steering Committee chairwoman.
“Our communities are united in their view that school safety is a shared responsibility. We are especially encouraged by student-led safety initiatives and look forward to seeing thoughtful input from current students.”
Grants are made possible thanks to the generous gifts of many individuals and businesses in Jefferson and Lewis counties who support the Safe Schools Endeavor and its mission to help keep all children safe while they are at school.
Since 2018, nearly $46,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 15 schools across the two counties, officials say. Public and private schools are welcome to apply.
Applications are due no later than Friday, November 5 and schools should apply through the Community Foundation's online grant portal. You can also call 315-782-7110.
In 2018 and 2019, 26 projects were awarded grant funding totaling $45,698. Schools and projects receiving support have included:
-Alexandria Central School, to purchase the Raptor Security System.
-Augustinian Academy, Carthage, to purchase security cameras and door barricades and to fund the “Child Lures Prevention” program.
-Beaver River Central School, to purchase a school “visitor management system.”
-Carthage Middle School, to fund “Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports” campus assemblies.
-Copenhagen Central School, to fund trauma training for school staff and a “Mindful Educator Course.”
-General Brown Junior/Senior High School, Dexter, to fund an “Emotion into Art” program.
-Immaculate Heart Central School, Watertown, to support the “Stop the Bleed Program.”
-Indian River Middle School, Philadelphia, to purchase safety vests, radios, and trauma bags.
-LaFargeville Central School District, to fund manikins and an automated external defibrillator.
-Lowville Academy and Central School, Lowville, to fund the “Stop the Bleed” program and purchase security monitors.
-Lyme Central School District, to support the “Stop the Bleed Program.”
-Sackets Harbor Central School District, to purchase security cameras and “Halo Units” that detect vaping and smoking.
-South Jefferson Middle and High School, to support the “Sources of Strength” program and fund a motivational speaker program.
-Thousand Islands High School, to fund the creation of a “mindfulness room.”
-Watertown City School District’s Case Middle School, to fund the “Totally Vocally” program and to purchase lockdown items.
-Watertown City School District Learning Center, to purchase a public address system.
-Watertown City School District Middle and High schools, to fund the “Campus Impressions” program.
-Watertown City School District’s Sherman Street School, to fund a “Leonardo Music” assembly and an anti-bullying assembly.
-Watertown City School District’s Wiley Elementary School, to fund safety equipment.
Image Courtesy via the Northern New York Community Foundation.