The William H. Hannon Foundation has awarded a $10,600 grant to Westchester High School’s Healthy Start program to fund the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Prep Program for the 2009-10 school year.

The program prepares students for the California High School Exit Exam, which is required for graduation. The grant will help fund a portion of the program coordinator’s salary, as well as the salary of ten tutors and two teachers who will lead the CAHSEE Prep Programs on Saturdays.

Founded in September 2007, the Westchester Healthy Start program provides students with behavioral counseling, tutoring and other services aimed at improving academic performance. During the 2008-09 school year, Westchester Healthy Start served 400 students, or about one quarter of the high school’s student population, in five different programs.

The programs included behavioral counseling, after-school tutoring, the substance abuse program and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens program for students who have excessive tardiness.

“My late uncle’s office was located just down the street from Westchester High School,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation. “He enjoyed supporting various academic programs at the high school and our foundation’s support of Westchester Healthy Start continues this legacy.”

Aikenhead has served on the foundation’s Board of Directors since its founding by her uncle in 1983.