(Beaver Dam) Several school districts in Dodge County received grant funds to support mental health needs for students. The state Department of Public Instruction recently awarded $10.9-million-dollars in grants that will go towards mental health resources. Districts in Dodge County include Beaver Dam, Dodgeland, Lomira, and Waupun. State Superintendent Jill Underly says mental health and wellness of students and school staff is paramount. She says the pandemic has intensified the existing challenges schools and communities face when trying to address mental health needs. She says while these grants do not completely resolve that demand, they do provide help to schools attempting to offer additional support, resources, and services. The program is a two-year grant aligned with Wisconsin’s biennial budget. Beaver Dam is receiving $75,000, Dodgeland is getting $53,700, Lomira is in line for $74,500, while Waupun will be getting $60,000. The Department of Public Instruction also handed out over $900-thousand-dollars in grants to school districts through its Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse program. Beaver Dam was awarded $25,000 while Hustisford, Lomira, and Waupun got $15,000.