Centerstone Awards Mini Grants to Southern Illinois Schools

Centerstone Awards Mini Grants to Southern Illinois Schools

Pictured: From left, Centerstone Grant Coordinator Zachary Schumacher, Southern Illinois University Social Work Intern Brenna Howerton, Herrin Elementary School Social Worker Savannah King, Herrin Elementary School Social Worker Michelle Coriasco, and Centerstone Director of Advancement Erin Camfield present the $1,500 grant check from Centerstone to Herrin Elementary School for a calming room remodel.

WEST FRANKFORT – Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, has awarded several mini grants to Southern Illinois schools to help provide mental health supports in a school setting and to promote student mental health.

The following were awarded grants from Centerstone’s Building Compassionate Communities (BCC) program:

· Anna Community Consolidated School District 37 – $1,500 for “Calming Spaces for Happy Faces” remodel

· Carterville High School – $540.39 for “Empower Hour” curriculum

· Adams Elementary School in Creal Springs – $459 for “Second Step” curriculum and Jefferson Elementary School in Marion – $918 for “Second Step” curriculum

· Carbondale High School – $626.15 for a “Needs Bank”

· Herrin Elementary School – $1,500 for calming room remodel

· Marion Junior High School – $1,500 for a mental health awareness campaign

· Lincoln Elementary School in Marion – $1,330.71 for social and emotional learning curriculum and calming tools

· Pinckneyville High School, St. Bruno Catholic School in Pinckneyville, and Tamaroa Grade School District #5 -$1,500 for mental health curriculum and teacher incentive

· Sesser-Valier Community Unit School District 196 – $1,250 for “Calm Down Kits”

· Unity Point Community Consolidated School District 140 – $1,500 for SEL curriculum

· Unity Point CCSD 140 – $1,492 for a calming room

· Unity Point CCSD 140 – $1,500 for supplies for “sandtray therapy,” which is “a therapeutic technique that allows for students to nonverbally or semi-verbally process inter- and intrapersonal issues.”

· Williamson County Educational Services – $1,496 for “cozy corner” additions

· Williamson County Educational Services – $4,131 for three Second Step curriculums

In 2018, Centerstone received a grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation to fund a six-year project to build a trauma-informed mental health system of care called Building Compassionate Communities (BCC). The system of care approach combines a broad array of individualized services that are community-based, family-driven, youth-guided, culturally- and linguistically-competent and data informed. One goal of the system of BCC is to uplift youth voice in the provision of mental health supports as well as provide additional forms of mental health support for young people.

“Schools are a natural partner in these efforts given their important roles in the lives of young people,” Zachary Schumacher, BCC grant coordinator said. “More students than in previous years need mental health supports given the stresses and changes wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. These grants were created to assist staff in schools currently providing mental health supports to students in sustaining their current efforts or launching new creative endeavors to engage students and create spaces and places for them to discuss their mental health.”

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