Department of Education Gives Broward Schools $1 Million for Shooting Recovery Efforts

A makeshift memorial is seen outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, in Parkland, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced on Friday that the Department of Education is awarding Broward County Public Schools a six-figure grant as part of a special initiative.

Called Project SERV, or Project School Emergency Response to Violence, the initial $1,000,000 gift is intended to expedite recovery efforts at all Broward public schools that have been affected by the shooting.

DeVos says, “My heart is broken for the students, teachers and families who have had to endure this unthinkable tragedy. I am committed to helping identify solutions to prevent another tragedy like this one from happening again.”

The purpose of Project SERV is to assist schools and districts in providing needed services such as counseling, overtime, and security staff following a traumatic event.

Students returned last Wednesday to Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since a gunman who had once attended the school killed 17 students and staff and wounded 16 others on the afternoon of February 14.

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