Grant will help LPS with mental health training

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – An almost nine-million-dollar grant helps Lawton Public Faculties tackle psychological well being consciousness throughout the district.

The grant shall be divvied up between Lawton, Davis, and Sulphur Public Faculties over the subsequent 5 years.

Superintendent Kevin Hime mentioned as a result of the colleges’ inhabitants is way bigger than Davis and Sulphur mixed, he expects to get not less than one million a yr.

The grant is named Undertaking AWARE which suggests Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Training.

It’s designed to strengthen school-based psychological well being coaching and assist college students, employees, households, and group companions.

“I need to use it so as to add counselors, give our counselors coaching, skilled growth for our counselors. Regardless of what folks suppose each college trainer is a counselor, each considered one of our academics has college students on daily basis, they usually must do some counseling. They want some coaching to assist higher acknowledge when points come. These are one thing I’d like to do,” Hime mentioned.

Hime mentioned this grant got here on the proper time as psychological well being was one thing the district was working to handle.

“With covid, we’ve exasperated that. This grant needs to be an excellent huge step in Lawton Public Faculties to hopefully enhance some conditions for our college students, and once more create alternatives for them. It’s a type of issues we’re all the time trying to do, so hopefully, this helps us,” Hime mentioned.

Earlier this yr, the district was awarded a grant to get a head begin on bettering college students’ lives.

Hime mentioned that mixed with Undertaking AWARE places them in an excellent place to supply the assistance college students might have.

“We bought to rent 4 social employees, two for elementary, one for center college, and one for highschool. There may be some curriculum that goes with that, however the good factor is they’ll form of companion up, so we’ll be capable to do a few of our matching funds out of it, there’s some hope rising curriculum, and a few of these issues we’ll be capable to purchase that we have been utilizing with the opposite,” Hime mentioned.

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