Governor Sends Group Money To Help Protect 2 Montgomery Schools

The following is a news release from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

MONTGOMERY- Gov. Bob Riley has awarded $98,415 to support a continued effort to prevent violence in and around two Montgomery County schools.

The Strategies To Elevate People Foundation will use the grant to teach children, families and neighborhoods that conflicts can be resolved without using violence.  The S.T.E.P. programs are being implemented at Dozier Elementary and McIntyre Middle schools, and the surrounding neighborhoods.

"Learning to resolve conflicts nonviolently is an essential step on a child's path to a bright, productive future," Riley said. "I commend the efforts of S.T.E.P. to make schools and neighborhoods safer for our children."

Strategies used by S.T.E.P. to address family, school and neighborhood violence include classroom lessons for students in the fourth through seventh grades. The program also provides individual counseling and home visits with parents for up to 25 children who display violent behavior.

The foundation also will hold community meetings that teach parents and neighbors conflict-resolution skills. These programs show parents and children the value of anger control and the damage that family violence can cause.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Riley notified Tom Danielson, chairman of the organization's board, that the grant had been approved. Matching funds of $24,604 will supplement the award.