Mullins announces $400,000 grant for NEIU

HARRISBURG, June 12 – The Northeastern Intermediate Unit was recently awarded a $399,099 grant for use in the Scranton School District, according to state Rep. Kyle Mullins.

“Every school child should have access to quality education regardless of where they live, and these investments help to ensure that becomes a reality. This is wonderful news that students attending Scranton schools will be offered more learning opportunities,” Mullins said. “I’d like to thank Governor Tom Wolf and the state Department of Education for their continued commitment to commonwealth students.”

Mullins said the federally funded grant – part of a package of 21st Century Community Learning Center grants administered by the state Department of Education – will provide meaningful educational opportunities for students in the Scranton School District, including Tripp, Adams, Armstrong, Bancroft, Kennedy, Prescott, Morris, Willard, Sumner and Whittier elementary schools.

The intent of the program is to support the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing Title I schools.

The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, math and science; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

“Twenty-first Century Learning Center grants provide critical investments for communities to expand educational opportunities for students and families,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said.  “This year’s recipients were selected with an emphasis on improving educational equity and expanding the geographic reach of Pennsylvania’s programs. As a result, more students across the state will have access to wellness, literacy, and career and technical education programs, among others.”