$8 Million Funding for School Wellness Centers Approved by Montgomery County Council

In a series of hearings on Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board approved spending to provide a range of services to young people and their families at high schools across Maryland County.

In a series of hearings on Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board approved spending to provide a range of services to young people and their families at high schools across Maryland County.

The board approved $3 million for portable classrooms, $2 million for wellness center funding, and an additional $3 million for mental health and youth development programs.

Members of the public testified remotely, including Cristian Pereira, who said he was helped by the programming available at the Northwood High School Wellness Center.

Speaking in Spanish through a translator, he said he was encouraged by one of the scholars there to attend Montgomery College, and now works in a skills development program. young people in Northwood.

In voting to approve the $8 million in funding, Council Member Nancy Navarro told fellow council members, “This, to me, is a really, really impressive example of what these kinds of services are doing. and why it is so important to invest in these.”

Expanding the types of programs available at Montgomery County High School Wellness Centers to all high schools has become a priority in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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