New York State Education Department Awards Syracuse City School District $500,000 Community Schools Grant

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The Syracuse City School District has been awarded a $500,000 Community Schools Grant at Grant Middle School.  The grant will be used to promote the social, emotional, academic and physical well-being of the students, families and community members on Syracuse’s Northside.  The grant will be administered over the next two-and-a-half years.
 
The Community School Grant will help to transform Grant Middle School into a community hub that provides an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement.  The academic and comprehensive social service framework is comprised of SCSD’s broad spectrum of Pre-K-16 educational programming, Say Yes to Education’s extensive expertise and technical assistance, the SCSD North Literacy Zone’s extensive pathways out of poverty partnership network, our priority partners’ proven evidence-based services and the essential supports that the Community School Grant Initiative will provide. Collectively these components will help to address the cradle-to-career continuum by engaging a diverse group of public and private partnerships to provide comprehensive and co-linked socio-emotional, academic, health, nutrition, counseling and other services.
 
“This grant will further strengthen our efforts to provide our students and families with comprehensive academic, social and emotional supports.  This community school model calls for every sector of the community to come together to provide targeted supports in four domains: academic readiness, social and emotional readiness, health and well-being and financial resources,” said Superintendent Sharon Contreras.  “The Northside of Syracuse is a community rich in services for at-risk students and families and through this grant we will be able to formalize a system for effectively and efficiently coordinating the multitude of support services and programs available.”
 
The Community School plan is designed to achieve several goals including increasing the quality, capacity and scope of our community partnerships while improving school climate and culture. Improving the health, mental health and socio-emotional well-being of students and families and increasing student achievement.