The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.1 million grant to Arlington to expand counseling services in the elementary schools.
Arlington was one of three school districts in the state to receive the grant and one of 60 nationwide, according to a press release from the school district.
The three-year grant will fund Project S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Schools Uniting and Coordinating Counseling in Elementary School Settings) and will be used to increase elementary school counseling staff, expand parent outreach and provide curriculum focused on social and emotional health.
“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,” said Kathleen Bodie, Arlington’s superintendent of schools in the press release.
Funding from the grant will also be used to offer professional development for teachers and school social workers and the project will support closer ties with local family support services.