Wilson Announces Funding for S.C. School District 5

Jul 16, 2003
Press Release
Richland and Lexington Counties to Receive Over $1.8 Million
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) announced that Richland and Lexington Counties will receive $1,825,351 in funding under the Safe Schools / Healthy Students Grants Program through the Department of Education. “This is great news for the parents and children of the Midlands, and a huge step towards creating a healthy learning environment,” said Rep. Wilson. “Our children are the future of our nation and this initiative is a key factor in helping to ensure a promising future. This fantastic program is only four years-old and already it has awarded over 150 grants and affected various school districts nation-wide.” Seventeen school districts nationwide have been awarded funding for the expected three-year program, School District Five being the single recipient within the state of South Carolina. The U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice have collaborated on this initiative to promote healthy childhood development and to prevent violence, alcohol, and other drug abuse by encouraging positive social and emotional youth development as well as ensuring a secure school environment. This year, awards will range from up to $3 million per year for urban school districts, up to $2 million per year for suburban districts, and up to $1 million per year for rural school districts and tribal schools. ###