MUNCIE — Eight Delaware County schools are receiving $1,393,400 from the Lilly Endowment to help strengthen their counseling programs.
A majority of schools that applied for the Lilly grants across the state noted that schools are overwhelmed by the social and emotional challenges students face, which they indicated have worsened in recent years because of the opioid addiction crisis affecting their communities, Lilly officials said.
"They report 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," Lilly reported in a news release. "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 September 2017, Lilly announced it had approved $26.4 million in grants to 56 public school corporations including charter schools under its Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for K-12 students. Lilly is now announcing another $12.2 million in grants to 39 more school districts and charters.