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ASU to receive a $2 million grant to help prevent violence in public schools

The project will target five MPS elementary schools for comprehensive interventions to reduce school violence.

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Alabama State University (ASU) will receive a $2 million grant to assist in the prevention of violence in Montgomery Public Schools. 

The grant funds will be used to implement the Preventing School Violence in Montgomery Public Schools (ASU PSV-MPS) Program. The project will target five MPS elementary schools for comprehensive interventions to reduce school violence and improve school climates and will also provide district-wide training for School Resource Officers (SRO’s) and district-level staff training.

The five schools include:

  • Brewbaker Intermediate
  • Chisholm Elementary
  • Dozier Elementary
  • Dannelly Elementary 
  • Highland Garden Elementary

The grant is funded via the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. ASU’s provost, Dr. Carl S. Pettis, said the impetus for applying for the grant was based on statistics related to violence in schools. 

“This program provides a platform for students, teachers, and parents to work together to promote safe and secure learning environments,” Pettis said. “The program leverages modern technology to enhance the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies in schools who will serve as the principal investigator for the program.”

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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