Watertown schools awarded Safe Schools Endeavor grants


WATERTOWN, NY — The Safe Schools Endeavor, in partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation, has awarded nearly $10,000 in grants to four schools within the Watertown City School District for the 2018-2019 school year.

As a result of generous donations from community donors, matched by the Community Foundation, Sherman Elementary School, Case Middle School, Watertown High School and the Massey Street Learning Center will each receive funding to enhance the security and culture within their buildings.

“The Watertown City School District is beyond grateful for the funding from the NNY Community Foundation’s Safe School Endeavor grant program. Safety and promoting a positive culture continue to be priorities for us,” said Patti LaBarr, Watertown City School District Superintendent. “We are fortunate to receive the community’s support on safety initiatives.  This is a huge win for our district.”

The Safe School Endeavor’s mission is to empower and support students, parents, and faculty in creating the safest schools possible and sharing the vision of every child being safe at school.

“As a Board member of the NNY Community Foundation, a member of the Safe Schools Endeavor Advisory Committee, and the parent of a child in the WCSD, I am thrilled to see the grants that the WCSD has received being put to such good use,” said Stephen J. Todd, Jeff-Lewis BOCES District Superintendent. “These investments in school safety will be good for kids, good for school staff members, good for families, and good for the whole community.”

The Community Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved the following Safe Schools Endeavor grants during its quarterly meeting in December:

Sherman Elementary School – $2,500 to fund an anti-bullying assembly.
Case Middle School – $2,500 to purchase lockdown equipment.
Watertown High School – $2,000 to fund an anti-bullying assembly.
Massey Street Learning Center – $2,500 to purchase a public address system