Newtown Schools Get $1.3 Million in Aid for Counseling

Schools in Newtown, Connecticut, are getting more than $1.3 million in U.S. government aid for counseling services as the community recovers from shootings five months ago at Sandy Hook Elementary that killed 26 people.

The grant will support school district leaders as they continue to restore “a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning,” the U.S. Education Department said today in a statement.

The Department provides funding for school districts and colleges that have experienced a significant traumatic event. Twenty first-graders and six educators died in the Dec. 14 massacre, the second-deadliest shooting in the U.S. Gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at her home before entering the school, where he also shot himself dead.

The grant will help provide support groups, creative expression and wellness activities as well as counseling and training for educators, school personnel and additional support staff, the Education Department said.

“This tragedy has forever changed the entire Newtown community -- and our country,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in the statement. “We want to do whatever we can to support ongoing recovery efforts and ensure this community has the resources it needs to meet the needs of its teachers, students and families.”