Grant funding powers programs at Bitney Prep High

School in Grass Valley

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They say good things come in threes. At Bitney Prep High School, a small public charter school located in Grass Valley’s Glenbrook Basin, that means positive news on three grants, all in just one week.

“The first good grant news came from the Soroptimist International in the Sierra Foothills, our local chapter,” said Russ Jones, Bitney’s director. “It will support a new fund we’ve created to support our families during urgent or crisis situations by providing them with free mental health counseling.”

Several local mental health practitioners have already signed on to be part of a network of support for Bitney families, agreeing to a substantial reduction in their usual fees so that the fund can provide up to 70 vouchers for counseling sessions.

“We hope this acts as a bridge for families as they transition to county services or negotiate with their insurance companies,” Jones said.

Just days later, another piece of good news arrived from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar In Your Community program in the form of technical assistance grant for $10,000.

“Working with the folks at Bitney, especially with Scott Young (a full-time teacher and advisor) has really opened my eyes to what a small organization can accomplish when they’ve got entrepreneurial spirit,” said Eric Stikes, leader of the Local Power team which won the grant.

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