Grief Grant Received Nov. 2016

Grief Grant Received Nov. 2016
Posted on 11/28/2016
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The Lamar County School System (LCSS) is pleased to announce it recently received a 2016 Grief Reach Grant in the amount of $15,000 by the New York Life Foundation. It is a community expansion grant which aims at expanding grief support services to underserved youth in low-income communities.

Dr. Kiana Battle, LCSS Social Worker will join forces with LCSS School Counselors, School Psychologist, and community stakeholders to implement The Lamar County School System Youth Bereavement Support Project with the funding. The project will focus on providing support to LCSS students who are impacted by grief and loss. The grant will also provide community stakeholders, parents and LCSS Student Service professionals with training surrounding the issues of grief and loss and the impact it has on youth.

The New York Life Foundation created the Greif Reach program to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs. One hundred and fifty-three Grief Reach grants totaling nearly $76 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011. The New York Life Foundation has been one of the leading funders of the childhood bereavement field, investing nearly $30 million to date in support of grieving children and their families.

We are very grateful to the New York Life Foundation for the opportunity to provide needed grief support services to students in Lamar County School System. For more information concerning the Lamar County School System Youth Bereavement Support Project, please contact Dr. Kiana Battle at 770 358 5891.

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