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More Than $41 Million in Grants Awarded to Schools and Communities to Prevent Violence Among Youth

Demonstrating the Bush administration's commitment to reducing school violence and promoting the healthy development of all America's children, the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced that more than $41 million in grants will be awarded to 23 schools and communities. The grants are designed to make schools safer, foster healthy child development and prevent aggressive and violent behavior and drug and alcohol use among the nation's youth.

The announcement was made by Judge Eric Andell, U.S. deputy under secretary of education for safe and drug free schools, during a visit to Hall Elementary School in Minneapolis. Minnesota Education Commissioner Cheri Yecke and Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson joined Andell at for the grant announcement.

"While the vast majority of the nation's schools are safe places, some schools are vulnerable to crime, drug abuse and violence," said Education Secretary Rod Paige. "Crime and substance abuse in schools compromise the learning environment and endanger teachers and students. With these grants, schools can implement comprehensive programs and activities that will provide safer schools and communities ensuring that no child will be left behind."

"If American students don't feel safe, they can't learn. We need to do all we can to give them a chance to succeed," Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said. "These grants will help open the doors to academic learning by shutting out the dangers of the street."

"Community policing reduces the fear of crime as well as crime itself, which is critical to a productive learning environment," said Director Carl R. Peed of the COPS Office. "Community policing also empowers citizens -- and students -- to take an active part in the law enforcement process. These grants will help good students become good citizens."

The COPS Office is dedicated to advancing community policing, which is a law enforcement philosophy based on organizational change, problem-oriented policing and building broad, collaborative partnerships. Community policing focuses on preventing crime as well as responding to crime, and builds public trust in law enforcement professionals. Community policing's focus on prevention, collaboration and building mutual respect between law enforcement and citizens make it ideal for keeping school environments healthy, safe and productive.

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SSHS) Initiative's purpose is to provide schools and communities the benefit of enhanced school and community-based services in an effort to strengthen healthy child development thus reducing violent behavior and substance use.

Since 1999, the three federal agencies have partnered together to help schools and communities design and implement comprehensive education, mental health, social service, law enforcement and juvenile justice services for children and youth.

The school-based community partnerships include rural, urban, suburban and tribal projects. School districts submitted comprehensive plans created in partnership with law enforcement officials, local mental health authorities and often with juvenile justice officials and community-based organizations as well. Plans are required to address six elements: a safe school environment; alcohol and other drug and violence prevention and early intervention programs; school and community mental health preventive and treatment intervention services; early childhood psychosocial and emotional development programs; education reform; and safe school policies.

In FY 2002, more than 350 applications were received and less than 15 percent of the applications were funded. This year awardees were selected from the FY 2002 rank-ordered list of unfunded applicants.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is a list of grantees, the size of the award and local contact information.

Fairbanks Fairbanks North Star Borough School District $993,955
  Contact: Doug Crevensten, (907) 452-2000  
Phoenix Washington Elementary School District $2,876,059
  Contact: Dr. Jan Johnson, (602) 347-2603  
  COPS Funding $500,000
Tempe Kyrene School District $2,413,209
  Contact: Christie Winkelmann, (480) 783-4047  
Hartford Hartford Public Schools $2,810,634
  Contact: Leah Fitchner, (860) 695-8460  
Macon Board of Education for Bibb County $2,409,184
  Contact: Ursula Harris, (478) 765-8663  
Bettendorf Mississippi Bend Area Educational Agency $1,168,993
  Contact: Dr. Jan Yoder, (563) 344-6315  
Rockville Montgomery County Public Schools $1,978,150
  Contact: Matthew J. Kamins, (301) 279-3805  
Worcester Worchester Public Schools $2,577,848
  Contact: Anne Quinn, (508) 799-3108  
Cloquet Cloquet Independent School District #94 $640,569
  Contact: John W. Langenbrunner, (218) 879-6721 x 1035  
Minneapolis Minneapolis Public Schools $2,985,239
  Contact: Sara Mullett, (612) 668-0851  
Stephen Stephen-Argyle Central Schools $997,729
  Contact: Chris Mills, (218) 478-3315  
Springfield School District of Springfield R-12 $2,751,570
  Contact: Pam McGinnis, (417) 523-0162  
Las Vegas Clark County School District $1,988,566
  Contact: Terry LiZotte, (702) 799-5345  
Niagara Falls Niagara Falls City School District $1,597,254
  Contact: Mark Laurie, (716) 286-4253  
Wilmington New Hanover County Schools $2,842,777
  Contact: Dr. Al Lerch, (910) 254-4206  
Belcourt Belcourt School District #7 $944,169
  Contact: Viola LaFontaine, (701) 477-6471 x 205  
Garfield Heights Garfield Heights City Schools $1,322,063
  Contact: Melissa Thompson, (216) 475-8100  
Cleveland Heights University Heights City School District $2,000,000
  Contact: Dr. Rebecca Bode, (216) 320-2052  
Durant Durant Public Schools $979,293
  Contact: Duane Merideth, (580) 924-1176  
Heavener Heavener Public School District I-3 $822,725
  Contact: Judy Bolin, (918) 653-7223  
Ballentine School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties $1,825,351
  Contact: Dr. Lee Bollman, (803) 732-8000  
Mountain City Johnson County Department of Education $541,200
  Contact: Morris Woodring, (423) 727-2640  
Leander Leander Independent School District $1,934,747
  Contact: Jan Halstead, (512) 434-5170  
TOTAL SS/HS GRANTS $41,401,284
GRAND TOTAL $41,901,284
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