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Grant awarded to North Carolina HBCU targeted by bomb threats last year

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The Biden administration has announced more than half a million dollars in grants for three Historically Black Colleges and Universities that received bomb threats in 2022, including one in North Carolina.

The Biden administration has announced more than half a million dollars in grants for three Historically Black Colleges and Universities that received bomb threats in 2022, including one in North Carolina.

North Carolina Central University, Philander Smith College in Arkansas and Hampton University in Virginia each received between $100,000 and $215,000 through the Project School Emergency Response to Violence.

Officials with the Department of Education said the schools will use the money to address safety, security and mental health concerns of students, faculty and staff which were shaken by the recent scares.

NCCU is using its portion for a full-time care manager, part-time case manager and to pay overtime to officers and staff who helped lead evacuations and response during the threats. The school is also conducting workshops on the impacts of PTSD and racial trauma.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.