August 8 – Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has received a $42,000 grant for a planning project to improve the health and wellness of students in Decatur public schools. DPS #61 is funding the grant, received from the Illinois State Board of Education through a partnership with the Illinois Education Association.
Franklin and Muffley elementary schools are part of the six-month planning project, which will include training for teachers, staff and administrators to help them understand how adverse childhood experiences impact the health and wellness of students.
The grant is the first step in a larger partnership focusing on finding innovations to help teachers improve students’ academic performance. In addition to the Illinois Education Association, collaborators include the Macon Piatt Regional Office of Education and the Education Coalition of Macon County.
“We look forward to building necessary infrastructure and creating the capacity to provide necessary exams, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings and other needed services to build a healthy safe community for the children of Decatur Public Schools,” said Assistant Superintendent Bobbi Williams.
Suzanne Kreps, DEA president said, “As a teacher, we know our students will benefit from this partnership with SIU School of Medicine to improve the health and wellness of our students. The healthier students are, the more they can learn. This is a win-win for the entire community.”