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Ozark Schools Receive New York Life Foundation Grant to Support Grieving Students

Ozark School District has been designated a “Grief-Sensitive School” by the New York Life Foundation, receiving a $500 grant for each of its seven K-12 school buildings. The grant, which totals $3,500 districtwide, is designed to help create a bereavement support plan and encourage ongoing staff development as part of the national Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative.

“Ozark School District is always striving to improve awareness for our trauma-informed initiative. This Grief Sensitive Schools Initiative is a piece of that,” said Gerald Chambers, executive director of students services for Ozark. 

Schools confront issues of grief and loss every day: 1 in 15 U.S. children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18. Studies show that unresolved grief can have a social and emotional impact on children, leading to behavioral issues and poor performance in school. Through the Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative – a pioneering effort to better equip schools to care for the grieving students in their midst – trained New York Life ambassadors connect with educators in their local communities to raise awareness and understanding of grief’s prevalence and impact among school-age children.