WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Chardon Local School District, in Geauga County, was awarded $56,000 in Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) funds by the U.S. Department of Education. The funds, awarded by the Department’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will provide continued assistance for ongoing recovery efforts following a shooting at Chardon High School earlier this year that resulted in the death of three students and injury of three others.
“Acts of violence in a school setting can leave behind traumatic and upsetting memories for students, teachers, administrators, and families alike,” Brown said. “As the Chardon community continues to recover from the tragic events of this past February, these federal funds will help aid in the healing process.”
According to the Department of Education, Project SERV funds short-term and long-term education-related services for education agencies and schools to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted. The grant covers the cost of Chardon Local School District’s efforts to provide several resources and services following the shooting, including a security guard at the high school; mental health screening and referral services for students and staff; substitutes for teachers and support staff who need time for counseling services; a team-building activity; and program supplies for mental health workers to support recovery.
In February, Brown paid tribute to the students that died or were injured as a result of the shootings at Chardon High School. Brown also recognized the heroic efforts of local educators, law enforcement, families, and medical professionals in Chardon.