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My Town: Lee High School awarded grant to improve learning atmosphere
My Town: Lee High School awarded grant to improve learning atmosphere

WYOMING, Mich.—Lee High School is getting more funding to improve student learning by improving the physical, mental and emotional climate of its school.

This is the fourth year of funding the school has received through the Safe and Supportive Schools grant titled “think. respect.”  Statewide, 22 high schools are receiving a fourth year of funding, based on the positive results they’ve posted over the first three years of the grant, including:

  • 83 percent of schools reporting an improvement in school safety scores
  • 61 percent of schools reporting a decrease in harassment/bullying incidences on school property
  • 57 percent of schools reporting a decrease in the number of students using alcohol

The goal of the grant is to develop strategies to counteract bullying, substance abuse, obesity and other issues that can impact a student’s ability to learn.

“While the ‘think.respect.’ initiative still is in its infancy, the schools have made progress over the past three years,” said Kyle Guerrant, deputy superintendent for administration and school support services for the Michigan Department of Education. “There still is work to be done, and we are proud of the results we’re seeing, and feel that the improvement in school climate will, over time, continue to bring about positive academic changes.”

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