Kristin Swann went to the Tyler Strong Foundation early last week to talk about the Consortium for Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG) — and came away with a surprise donation.
Swann, associate superintendent of Victor Central Schools, told the Board of Education at its July 12 meeting that she attended a fundraiser event and shared the history of the Victor TIG team and training they received, supported by a $3,000 donation from the foundation earlier this year.
The consortium is a multi-agency effort to prepare school districts to have appropriate mental health support in place during incidents of trauma, violence, illness and death that impact their schools. TIG provides education, training opportunities and support to assist schools to effectively respond to the needs of children, parents, teachers and other school personnel in times of crisis.
Swann said the Victor team offered support to the Hilton Central School District last month following a tragic accident that claimed the life of one senior and seriously injured another — less than two weeks before their graduation.
Victor too lost a student to illness earlier this year in what remains a private family matter.
It also lost Tyler Hutt, for whom the Tyler Strong Foundation is named, in August 2014 when the senior high school football player died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism. He was 17.