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INDIANAPOLIS -- State funding is making it possible for Indiana schools to improve their safety. State Rep. Wendy McNamara says the deadline for the Secured School Safety Grant is quickly approaching, on August 2nd.
"As an educator, I share the daily concerns of students, parents, teachers, and administrators regarding school safety," said McNamara. "From providing money to schools to update security to being prepared for active shooter scenarios, we are addressing the issue from all sides."
McNamara is encouraging all schools in Indiana to apply for the grant.
The money can be used for a variety of improvements, including hiring more school resource officers, threat assessments, and startup costs for active event warning systems to quickly alert first responders.
Applications are also open until August 15th for a new pilot mentorship program. State Rep. Ethan Manning says mentorship programs are a great way to get youth connected with the community.
"This program is important to provide positive adult influences for students in schools," Manning said. "It's a pilot program. It's going to be great to test this out and I hope we can stake it statewide if it's successful."
Three schools will be chosen for the program and could be awarded up to 75-thousand-dollars.