Rotary Grant Provides Services to SJSD Students, Parents

Rotary Grant Provides Services to SJSD Students, Parents
Posted on 08/29/2019

Students in the St. Joseph School District will soon have access to additional services, thanks to a $42,000 grant.

All three local Rotary Clubs in St. Joseph worked together to make this funding possible to help SJSD students and their parents.

The grant will cover the cost of items designed to help students who are experiencing heightened anxiety, sadness, worry and depression as well as other strong emotions associated with going through difficult life experiences. Funds will also be available for training staff and parent outreach nights to help parents learn more about how to help their children be resilient.

"This grant initiative is absolutely amazing," said Jean West, SJSD social worker and certified trauma trainer. "We are incredibly grateful for the local Rotary clubs' generosity with their financial donation but even more so their gift of truly wanting to be involved and promote healing in our students and families."

The Rotary clubs not only donated the funds but they will continue to volunteer many hours of sweat equity putting these resources in our schools and promoting resiliency in our students.

"Not only will these schools have hands-on supplies to help our students who may be struggling with emotional trauma but the Rotary will do whatever it takes to make these resources come to life and benefit our SJSD students and parents in a way we have not had the financial resources to do," said West.

This is the first joint Rotary grant initiative in St. Joseph, and they are excited to be able to help our kids who are facing adversity thrive. The money will be used at Webster Learning Center, Truman Middle School, and Edison, Lindbergh, Hosea, Hyde and Mark Twain Elementary Schools.

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