INDIANAPOLIS – Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved a second round of grants to Indiana school corporations to help them implement promising strategies to strengthen school counseling programs for their students. The grants to 39 school corporations are part of the Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students (Counseling Initiative).  Loogootee Schools was recently selected as one (1) of the 39 winning school corporations in Indiana and will receive $100,000 for this initiative.

Launched in September 2016, the Counseling Initiative is a multi-year effort designed to encourage the state’s school corporations to develop new school counseling approaches that address more effectively the academic, college, career, social and emotional counseling needs of their students.

A majority of proposals in the second round noted that too often counselors don’t have the time they need for academic and college and career advising because they must address their students’ urgent social and emotional challenges. Moreover, too many counselors are assigned non-counseling work in their schools, such as administering state tests, assessments and Advanced Placement exams, which takes time away from their counseling responsibilities.

In writing the grant, Loogootee Schools proposed to launch a variety of efforts that include, among other strategies:

Loogootee Schools Superintendent Chip Mehaffey commented, “We are honored and thrilled to be selected as one of the 39 grant winning districts in Indiana.  This grant will allow us to continue our work in many key areas including: 1. Using our Graduation and Career Coach position to prepare our students for life after high school and 2. Integrating social and emotional learning into our classrooms.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons Eli and J.K. Jr. — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.