Reading High awarded environmental awareness grant

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, announced today Reading High School has been awarded a $3,000 grant for environmental education from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The grant will help the school expand its STEAM and environmental education programs, while transforming its interior courtyard into a Living Learning Laboratory. Students and faculty of the school’s Green Committee made plans to redesign the space with a habitat garden and living environmental lab for outdoor classes. 

“It’s exciting to see the organization and planning efforts of Reading High School’s students and faculty pay off in the form of this grant,” Caltagirone said. “This project will help transform an under-utilized area of the school as well as bolster the type of educational programs Reading High can provide.

“The school has found a way to adapt to changing times, taking students outside a traditional classroom and exposing them to the type of programs that will better prepare them for the real world.”

The Environmental Education Grant Program awards money each year to support environmental education efforts. DEP has awarded more than $10 million in grants throughout Pennsylvania since the program began in 1993. Public and private schools, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations and businesses can all apply through the program.