Wilmington Middle School Receives $6,500 Grant To Help Anti-Bullying Efforts, Behavioral Health Initiatives

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Middle School was recently awarded a state grant (“Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Fund Code 335 Grant”) in the amount of $6,500 to promote and expand existing student behavioral health initiatives.

“We are grateful for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s commitment to provide funding to assist with programming and resources that can help Wilmington Public Schools build safe, positive, healthy, inclusive learning environments for all students,” wrote Assistant Principal Jeannette Quirk in a recent memo.

Specifically, the grant will allow the Middle School to extend its “Choose To Be Nice Curriculum” to include both 6th and 7th graders this year, and 8th graders next year. Additionally, the school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) team will  now be able to consult a PBIS team coach for instruction advice as it continues to build a multi-tiered system of support for students.

“The funding will allow the Middle School to continue to promote student’s behavioral health, including social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and positive behavioral intervention approaches in hope to reduce overall discipline referrals,” added Quirk.

Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand will formally announce the grant at the School Committee Meeting on Wednesday night.

At that time, Brand will also announce news of:

  • a $1,500 grant from the Wilmington Educational Foundation to help fund the district’s Annual Art Fair on May 15, 2020 and May 16, 2020 at the Wilmington Middle School.
  • a $3,500 donation from C.A.S.IT to Wilmington High School Curruciulum Team Leader Mr. Carlos Luis Brown for instructional materials and texts for his Italian classes.

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