Governor Wolf: Grant Brings Sandy Hook Promise to Over 70 Schools

October 15, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that $1 million has been awarded to Pennsylvania for over 70 schools to implement violence prevention programs through the Sandy Hook Promise, which was created after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

“Parents and students deserve to have confidence that our commonwealth’s classrooms are safe,” said Governor Wolf. “There are many approaches to preventing violence, and this funding builds on holistic efforts, including a $60 million investment from the state, to help schools and communities make our classrooms safe places for children to learn.”

The funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) Office of Justice Programs was awarded through the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program and authorized by the STOP School Violence Act enacted in March 2018.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has been working with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP). The funding will be used to implement SHP’s Start With Hello and Say Something, which are among SHP’s Know the Signs programs aimed at empowering students. Start With Hello encourages and guides students in creating socially inclusive school communities, while Say Something trains students to recognize the signs and appropriately intervene when they identify someone as exhibiting behaviors that they may be a threat to themselves or others.

Today’s announcement follows the release in August of the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force created by Governor Wolf and the Auditor General Eugene DePasquale after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The previously announced $60 million investment through the School Safety and Security Committee, as well as the existing Safe School Targeted Grants, are working together equip schools and communities with a range of the tools to prevent violence.

“Pennsylvania schools are working to create environments where every student, staff member, and visitor feel valued and respected,” said Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “This grant will empower students and spark an expansive grassroots effort to improve the climate in schools across the state.”

The funding will allow SHP to provide training to more than 70 schools across the commonwealth.

Schools receiving training include:

Allentown City School District
Building 21 Allentown
Francis D Raub Middle School
Harrison-Morton Middle School
Louis E Dieruff High School
South Mountain Middle School
Trexler Middle School
William Allen High School

Bethlehem Area School District
Broughal Middle School
East Hills Middle School
Freedom High School
Liberty High School
Nitschmann Middle School
Northeast Middle School

Bristol Township School District
Armstrong Middle School
Brookwood Elementary School
Keystone Elementary School
Mill Creek Elementary School
Roosevelt Middle School
Truman Senior High School

Clairton City School District
Clairton Middle School/High School

Erie City School District
Central Career & Technical School
Diehl School
East High School
Harding School
JoAnna Connell School
Northwest PA Collegiate Academy
Pfeiffer-Burleigh School
Roosevelt Middle School
Strong Vincent High School
Wayne School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Harrisburg City School District
Camp Curtin Academy
Cougar Academy
Harrisburg High School
Harrisburg HS – SciTech Campus
Marshall Math Science Academy
Rowland Academy

Lebanon School District
Lebanon Middle School
Lebanon Senior High School

Monessen City School District
Monessen Middle School
Monessen Senior High School

Reading School District
Northeast Middle School
Northwest Middle School
Reading Intermediate High School
Reading Senior High School
Southern Middle School
Southwest Middle School

Southeast Delco School District
Darby Township School
Delcroft School
Harris School
Sharon Hill School

Susquehanna Community School District
Susquehanna Community Elementary School
Susquehanna Community Junior/Senior High School

Union Area School District
Union Area HS

Woodland Hills School District
Woodland Hills Academy
Woodland Hills Intermediate School
Woodland Hills Junior/Senior High School

York City School District
Davis School
Devers School
Ferguson School
Goode School
Hannah Penn Middle School
Jackson School
McKinley School
William Penn Senior High School

Chester Community Charter School
First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
Keystone Education Center Charter School
New Day Charter School
Lawrence County CTC
Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS

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