STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – A bill sponsored by State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) that works to improve school environments by engaging the senior citizen community was recently signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.
House Enrolled Act 1224 establishes the School Intergenerational Safety Pilot Project, a mentorship program that will be tested in three Indiana schools to foster positive relationships between students and volunteers who are at least 55 years of age.
Under the bill, volunteers must be willing to participate in the project for at least two consecutive school years. They are also required to undergo extensive background checks.
“I am confident this project will help create a positive learning environment for students by ensuring they have trusted adults they can turn to for encouragement and support,” Kruse said. “This program will bring people together and gather best practices to make the School Intergenerational Safety Pilot Project readily available to more schools throughout Indiana in the future.”
HEA 1224 will take effect July 1, 2019.
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