Education Secretary Announces Funding to Hawaii Schools for Wildfire Recovery

Funding will support mental health, trauma-recovery training, academic counselors, relief staff, student transportation, and other assistance.

President Biden’s administration announced a grant of over $2 million to the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) through Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV). This grant is intended to aid Maui’s recovery from the devastating wildfires of August 2023. Authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Project SERV offers short-term funding to schools affected by crises, including natural disasters, to help restore safe learning environments.

“Too many communities across our country are reeling from all-too-frequent environmental disasters—and that loss and trauma carry over to our schools, educators, students, and families. Today’s announcement builds on the efforts President Biden and his entire administration have taken to support the people of Maui affected by last summer’s catastrophic wildfires and will provide much-needed assistance as they recover and look forward to a brighter future,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

This grant will provide various recovery and support services for 18 months, such as mental health personnel, trauma-recovery training, summer academic counselors, relief staff, student transportation funding, and assistance for local nonpublic schools.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for Secretary Cardona as he heads the Education Department.
  • For the people of Maui as they try to recover from the devastation of the fires.
  • For the president and his education advisors to receive God’s guidance regarding methods of support for public schools.

Sources: Department of Education


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