The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students awarded Flint a federal grant to provide assistance to enhance learning to the status it was prior to the water crisis.
The grant, which amounts to $480,000, will go towards ensuring the children of Flint have appropriate support services in schools should any behavioral or learning challenges arise as a result of the lead ingestion. The district will hire three school counselors and two school psychologists to address mental health needs of the students and develop, design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, developmental and systematic Responsive Service School Counseling Program. Three speech therapists will also be hired. Lastly, four assistant attendance specialists will be hired to identify and support repeatedly absent students.
In response to the grant, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) praised the Federal Government for its commitment to Flint.