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Wood County student safety program needs funding

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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A $5 million program aimed at keeping Wood County students safe at school and at home will run out of money next summer if something isn't done to save it.

The program is divided into five separate categories that teach children how to stay drug and alcohol free, as well as how to prevent bullying:

-Element 1: Safe School Environments and Violence Prevention Activities
-Element 2: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Activities
-Element 3: Student Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Supports
-Element 4: Mental Health Services
-Element 5: Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning Programs

The federally-funded grant is part of the Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative. It serves Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood, Lake, North Baltimore, Northwood, Otsego, Perrysburg, and Rossford school districts. 

The project director says it helps students with life skills beyond the classroom. Issues that can't be seen, but still have a major effect on a student's ability to focus in the classroom.

"In many cases, this helps them get turned around," said director Kyle Clark. "These programs give schools the tools they need to make a student well-rounded."

This was a one-time only grant, but officials have been considering other ways to get funding. Clark says school is only one part of a child's development and these programs make sure students have the help they need available when they need it.

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