Diverse group of children cross safely to school

Center for Safe Schools (CSS) is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting schools, educators, parents, law enforcement, community partners and local agencies develop and practice emergency management and crisis response plans, create positive school environments, implement evidence-based programs, and establish proactive safety measures. Our services address social and emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, mental health, threat assessment, emergency management, and crisis management.

Health and wellness in schools has always been a top priority for the Highmark Foundation. That’s why we’re proud to present the 2022–2023 School Grant and Awards Program to schools in central, northeastern, and western Pennsylvania, as well as West Virginia. This provides schools with three unique opportunities for improving health and wellness.

Schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia can apply for grants up to $7,500 to support these health and wellness initiatives:
• Positive school climate
• Environmental health
• Healthy eating and physical activity
• School-based health

Nominate a school nurse in central, northeastern, or western Pennsylvania or West Virginia who demonstrates excellence in care, compassion, knowledge, and implementation of best practices. Award recipients will receive $1,500 to support professional development or health-related supplies or equipment for their school and will be recognized widely through press releases and social media on National School Nurse Day.

High-needs schools in underserved and disadvantaged communities can apply for grants in these two categories:

  1. Child Health and Wellness Grant: Provides up to $1,000 to assist with purchasing specific items that impact a child’s overall health and well-being, including eyeglasses, clothing and undergarments, healthy and nutritious food, and personal toiletries.
  2. Equipment and Supplies Challenge Grant: Matches up to $2,500 for purchasing items such as vision screeners, digital scales, new cots, blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, and stethoscopes. Schools must provide a detailed invoice or purchase order and show evidence of secured funding from additional sources (PTOs, other foundations, local business donations, school fundraisers, etc.).
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