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Grant will benefit Hillsboro students

A $20,000 safe schools grant to Lines for Life, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy communities through drug and alcohol awareness and 24-hour crisis lines, will benefit students in the Hillsboro School District.

The grant comes from the Palma A. Domenico Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, and will help Lines for Life raise awareness and prevention of bullying, substance abuse and mental health issues among K-12 students in Hillsboro — as well as in the Parkrose and David Douglas school districts.

“We are deeply grateful for the Palma A. Domenico Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and their understanding of the challenges today’s teens face,” said Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life.

While it is estimated that one in three teens is bullied, only one in six parents knows his or her child is a victim.

Bullied youth often turn to destructive coping mechanisms, including skipping or dropping out of school, substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and even suicide, Holton said.

“Safe school environments provide students with their best chance of successful outcomes,” he added.

The Oregon Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about.

OCF awards nearly $170 million annually in grants and scholarships.

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