Oxford Schools to receive $707K from US Department of Education

Jill Soave, center, the mother of slain Oxford High School student Justin Shilling, along with other family members of the slain Oxford High School students place flowers at a sign at the entrance to the school after a moment of silence as they arrive at Oxford High School during the March For Our Lives Oxford event on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Oxford’s school district will receive more than $700,000 in emergency funding from the U.S. Department of Education, nearly eight months after what was briefly the country’s deadliest school shooting since 2018.

Four students — Hana St. Juliana, Tate Myre, Justin Shilling and Madisyn Baldwin — perished in the Nov. 30, 2021, shooting that also injured six students and a teacher.

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The U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday the grant funding through a program called Project SERV. Oxford Community Schools will receive a $707,600 grant, according to a news release. SERV stands for School Emergency Response to Violence.

“This Project SERV grant will help Oxford High School improve mental health supports for students and educators directly impacted by the trauma and tragedy of last year’s mass shooting,” Miguel Cardona, secretary of education, said in the release. 

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