Reps. Rozzi, Caltagirone and Sen. Schwank announce grants for Berks County schools, Reading

READING, April 22 – Reading School District and the Berks County Intermediate Unit have been selected for Continuing of Education Equity Grants for the 2019-20 academic year, state Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks; state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks; and state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, announced. The Berks County Intermediate Unit provides services for public school districts and non-public schools in Berks County.

“Access to education is of paramount importance, and some of those connections have been lost while students have been out of school,” Caltagirone said. “I’m grateful to see these funds bridge that gap.”

CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education.

“We know that students have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rozzi said. “These grants will help bring a little bit of normalcy back to their lives by getting them back in touch with their teachers.”  

The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or to provide instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving CEEG grants.

The following organizations received a CEEG grant:

“In these difficult times, it is imperative that we give students access to every resource available to ensure that they are able to continue learning, especially in districts like Reading where not every student has access to a computer or the internet,” Schwank said. “These funds will help our dedicated education professionals better reach their students.”