The Southern Columbia Area School District has been awarded a school safety grant of $50,705 to be used to create a campus-based, digital radio network that is integrated with FirstNet, the high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network used by First Responders and dedicated to public safety. The grant will also support other security projects designed to keep our schools safe. The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018. According to PCCD officials, the grant process was very competitive.  At of the February 25th grant submittal date, a total of 638 applications were made requesting $177.6 million.  Of those applicants, 234 awards were made totaling $40 million. In October 2018, every school district in the state that submitted a meritorious application was awarded a $25,000 grant to improve school safety. The new grant award provides additional funding beyond the original, meritorious grant.
 
 

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Southern Columbia is engaged in a yearlong initiative to Soar into Space in hopes of being chosen as a downlink site for a live feed emanating from the International Space Station. If chosen, students and staff will be afforeded the unique opportunity to speak with the astronauts currently on the space station sometime in spring 2020. To help the District's application stand out among the rest, Literacy Specialist Lindy Novak and Library Manager Amanda Noblit, have created a set activities and events.Learn More

The Take 5 to Save Lives program outlines 5 things that we can all do to work together to prevent suicide.The campaign encourages everyone to take five minutes out of their day to complete five prevention-focused action steps: 1. Learn the Signs: Take a few minutes to learn the warning signs of suicide. 2. Know How to Help- Know what to say and do if someone you know is struggling.3. Practice Self-Care- MLearn More