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District 2 lands another $3.75 million in grant funding to support the academic and social-emotional needs of its students.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Bensenville School District 2 its School Climate Transformation Grant in the amount of $750,000 a year for five years, for a total of $3.75 million. 

The School Climate Transformation Grant will provide funding for District 2 to develop, enhance, and expand the evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral frameworks its schools use to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

"School climate plays a critical role in the potential success and school experiences of a student," said Dr. James Stelter, Superintendent of Schools. "Students who learn in positive learning environments are more likely to improve academically, participate more fully in the classroom, and develop skills that will help them be successful in school and in life."

A key focus of the grant will be on using evidence-based efforts that are designed to foster safety; promote supportive academic, disciplinary, and physical environments; and/or encourage and maintain respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community.

"While we are already doing a lot of great work around MTSS, we believe this grant will equip us with additional essential resources that will help in delivering the right services to the right students at the right time," said Dr. Stelter.

This is the third prestigious grant District 2 has earned in the past year and a half, bringing an additional $9.25 million into Bensenville schools. 

In June 2018, the Illinois State Board of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants program awarded District 2 and Fenton High School $3 million to fund critical community schools initiatives for five years. 

Then, in September 2018, District 2 was one of just 15 school districts in the country selected to receive the U.S. Department of Education Full Service Community Schools Grant. The Full Service grant provides $2.5 million over five years to support high-quality early childhood education programs; high quality school and out-of-school time programming; support for a children's transitions into elementary, middle, and high school, and on to post-secondary education and the workplace; family and community engagement supports for at-home student learning;  and social, health, nutrition, and mental health services and supports.