Project AWARE Newsletter

September 2019

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Grant Introduction

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (SCIT) is pleased to announce that they are the recipients of a $9,000,000 5-year grant award from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Project AWARE is 100% funded by SAMHSA with the primary goal of implementing a trauma-informed school model to serve youth and their families. The SCIT will partner with The Saginaw Chippewa Academy (SCA), Mt. Pleasant Public Schools (MPPS) and Shepherd Public Schools (SPS) to administer services provided by the grant. Trauma-informed services and practices, Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention skills will be taught to school staff and community members to increase mental health awareness and care for students and self. Project AWARE Coordinator Kehli Henry explains, “This project will be transformative because it addresses the needs of students, families and employees at a number of levels. It is also a unique opportunity for all of the organizations involved to work together to support our youth, and create a shared plan for the future.”

Press Release: Project AWARE


An Evening with Dr. Stephanie Grant

Please join us for a presentation on trauma and how this can affect children in our community.

September 18, 2019

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant High School Auditorium

This event is fully funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

"Feel Good" Wellness Tailgate

This event is open to the community and is for all ages! Visit different community partners, businesses, agencies, and programs in our community that can help support wellness for you and your family. Receive a punch card at the tailgate for free entry into the Oilers vs Wolves football game!

September 20, 2019

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Mount Pleasant High School Gymnasium

This event is fully funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Meet our Project AWARE Counselors!

Amanda Boyle

I am Amanda Boyle - I am proud and very excited to be joining the Mount Pleasant Public Schools team at the High School as a Project AWARE Counselor.

I moved to Mt. Pleasant from northern Michigan to attend Central Michigan University and never left! I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Administration and recently earned a Master’s in School Counseling and Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University.

I have two daughters at MPHS and one daughter at MPMS. We are proud to be Oilers!! We are very grateful for the opportunities and education that our district provides their students. The Project Aware team will be a great addition to the support our students receive from our schools. OP!!

Caitlin Foster

Hi! My name is Caitlin and I am excited to be able to meet everyone and start working with you as the new Project AWARE counselor for Fancher and Mary McGuire Elementary schools. I have spent most of my career working with children and families and I am thankful and eager to be able to work with you all to best meet the needs of our students.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maine (Go Black Bears!) and I have my LMSW in the state of Michigan. I moved from Stonington, Maine to Mid-Michigan a little over seven years ago and love being a part of this community! Prior to joining the Project AWARE team, I worked with children and families as part of the Mobile Crisis Team at Community Mental Health for Central Michigan and as a school based therapist in two elementary schools in Saginaw.

In my spare time, I love playing video games and board games, reading, baking, and spending time with my boyfriend and my three cats (Tavi, Max, and Harley).

Anneliese Fox

Hello ~ I am Anneliese and I am excited to join the Mount Pleasant Public Schools team at the Middle School as a Project AWARE Counselor.

I am from Alma, MI and have spent the last ten years working at Alma College most recently as the Associate Director of Academic Support and Disability Services. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Hope College and my Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University.

My husband, Kyle, and I have a five year old son, Jack, and a two year old daughter, Lillian. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, running, playing tennis, skiing, golfing, and traveling.

Erica Garwood

Hi all! My name is Erica, and I am thrilled to be joining Mt. Pleasant Public Schools as the Project AWARE Counselor for Ganiard, Pullen and Vowles elementary schools.

I was born and raised in Rochester, New York. I moved to Michigan in 2009 to pursue an education and play field hockey at Central Michigan University. I earned both my Bachelors Degree (Health & Fitness, 2014), and my Masters Degree (Counseling, 2019) from CMU. In addition to my education, I have worked and served in varying roles in education to prepare myself for a career in counseling. Mt. Pleasant has become my home, and I feel so grateful to be part of the Gator, Panther and Viking communities!

In my spare time I enjoy reading, exercising, attending CMU athletic events, listening to Podcasts, and napping.

Stephen Wheeler

My name is Steve Wheeler, I am excited to introduce myself as one of the new Project AWARE Counselors for Mount Pleasant Public Schools. My time will be shared between the Mount Pleasant Middle School and WAY Program.

I have spent the majority of my career as a Recreation Therapist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. More recently, I held the position of Program Manager of Clinical Services and Community Educator at Cedar Creek Hospital of Michigan. This past year I made an intentional life transition to join this wonderful MPPS community as a Behavior Interventionist, where I worked in the secondary schools. I have been amazed and inspired by the passion and love this district has for our students. I am excited to be returning this year in this new role!

In my free time, I enjoy, swimming, board/card games, hockey, volleyball and traveling.