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Long weekend for Coldwater district students, state receives money for mental health programs in schools

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COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Coldwater School District students have an extended weekend away from classes with just a half day of instruction Thursday and then no classes on Friday. It’s the end of the first marking period of the current academic year and there have also been parent teacher conferences this week.

It’s been a safe start locally to the 2013-14 school year and on the state and federal level, money is being earmarked in the effort to keep it as trouble free as possible. Michigan’s U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced the Michigan Department of Education is getting more than $2 million to help teachers identify early signs of mental illness in schools and improve access to mental health services with improved school safety the target of the funding. It comes to the state from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Safe Schools/Healthy Students program.

The Michigan Department of Education plans develop and implement programs and strategies to reduce violence in schools, increase access to behavioral health services and increase support for early childhood development and substance abuse programs.

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