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Catholic schools in West Michigan awarded more than $100,000 in safety grants

Two Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids will be receiving money from the Michigan State Police to upgrade security features in their buildings.
 
All Saints Academy and West Catholic High School, both in Grand Rapids, were recipients of the Competitive School Safety Grant Program. All Saints Academy was awarded $39,480, while West Catholic High School was awarded $84,800. These schools are just two of fifteen private schools around the state to be awarded grants of this kind.
 
The grants will be used to purchase equipment and/or technology to improve the security of school buildings and increase the safety of students and staff members. More than 700 students will benefit from these safety improvements.
 
“Safety is of upmost importance when it comes to our students,” said David Faber, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. “Every day, parents entrust us with their children, and these grants will ensure that our students continue to have a safe place to learn and grow.”
 
Michigan State Police accepted 289 applications for the program through its Grants and Community Services Division before choosing the recipients. The review committee gave priority to proposals that sought to secure access points at school buildings, one of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve school safety and security.
 
A complete list of award recipients is available here.