Quaker Valley School Police Officer Aaron Vanatta has received more than $240,000 in grant funding during the 2018-2019 school year.
"The grant funding allows the District to stay up-to-date with all things school safety and security. I’m thankful for these organizations because they allow me to do my job and help all of our students in grades K-12 without cutting into the funds needed for educational programs," says Officer Vanatta.
The largest grant comes from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquent Grants for School Safety and Security. The $160,154 received will be used for an additional school police officer over two years for QVMS, starting in 2019-2020.
Other funds include:
$24,722 from the PDE Safe Schools Grant. This money will be used to install High Visibility Emergency Call Boxes inside each school building.
$2,000 from Children’s Hospital/Allstate Insurance. This money helped students at QVHS organize and host a Cultural Day event to encourage student empowerment and cultural diversity.
$19,784 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquent Grants for School Safety and Security. The money was used to install Bleeding Control Kits throughout the District.
$5,216 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The funds will provide de-escalation training for faculty and staff.
$13,000 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to reduce underage drinking. This money was used to hire municipal police officers for extra patrols at school-sponsored events.
PDE Safe Schools Grant also funded $20,000 to be used toward Officer Vanatta's salary.
In total, the grant funding received is $244,876.