Highline High School receives grant from King County Sheriff’s Office


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Highline High School (HHS) received a $67,000 grant from the King County Sheriff’s Office to pay for a truancy mentor, athletic equipment and laptop computers, Highline Public Schools announced Thursday (Dec. 19).

The grant covers the cost of a truancy mentor for the 2013-2014 school year. The mentor provides early intervention for students who are chronically absent from school.

The grant will also pay for $12,000 in new laptop computers at HHS. Students will be able to check the computers out during the day and use them in class as well as during a new after-school program called PRREP.

PRREP is a two-hour after-school program available to all HHS students four days a week,. PRREP gives students the opportunity to work with tutors on homework, as well as time to participate in various activities including intermural sports, service projects and field trips to learn about different college and career choices.

“PRREP gives students a safe place to be after school,” said Assistant Principal Paul Harvey. “It’s a great opportunity to give the support our kids need and set them up for success.”

In addition, the grant will pay for $5,000 in athletic equipment to be used during Police Activities League (PAL) sessions as well as PRREP. PAL is a youth crime prevention program that creates trust and understanding between police officers and youth through mentorship and educational, athletic and recreational activities.

“The partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and Highline Public Schools is invaluable,” said Sheriff John Urquhart. “Having police officers in schools helps break down barriers between our youth and law enforcement. It’s a win-win for both of us.”

With the help of the Burien Library; Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services; and Burien Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office hosts PAL activities during lunch hour and after school at HHS.

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