The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $400,000 grant to the Fullerton Joint Union High School District that could lead to the coordination of drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention programs in much of North County.
The grant, awarded earlier this month, also extends the district's existing federally funded substance abuse programs for another two years by expanding drug prevention programs beyond the classrooms. Money will come from the department's Drug Free Schools fund, which provides money for educating school counselors, teachers and other employees on substance abuse.
The district's seven schools had already received a $146,000 grant to train staff members on substance abuse awareness and another $154,000 grant to train personnel in dealing with children of alcoholics.
"Our district already has taken the lead," said Marilyn Del Giudice, the district's coordinator of substance abuse prevention. "They're our kids from say 7:30 to 2:40. . . . But it's tough on the kids when they're all together and splinter off (after school)."