Elementary schools get $1.1m grant to expand counseling

Money logoThe Arlington public schools have been awarded a $1.1 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand counseling services in the elementary schools.

With the first year's funding totaling $376,538, Project SUCCESS (Schools Uniting and Coordinating Counseling in Elementary School Settings) will increase elementary school counseling staff, expand parent outreach, provide curriculum focused on social and emotional health, and offer professional development for teachers and school social workers.

In addition, the effort will support closer ties with local family support services to improve access to additional counseling services.

Arlington’s application was one of three Massachusetts districts chosen, with 60 awards given nationwide in 24 states.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said in a news release from her office, "We are extremely pleased to receive this opportunity to provide our youngest students and their families with excellent social and emotional supports that result in positive approaches to the challenging situations students can sometimes face."
Cindy Bouvier, director of health, wellness and counseling, said: "Project SUCCESS provides a wonderful opportunity for Arlington to increase its counseling staff and to support students, families and teachers in creating an ever more supportive and safe learning atmosphere in our schools."

This story was published Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.