Ciresi: $70,000 in grants for local school districts

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced two school districts in the 146th Legislative District, Pottstown and Spring-Ford Area, each will receive a $35,000 education grant from the state.

PAsmart targeted grants are awarded to local education agencies and their schools that have zero, or few, computer science offerings. The grants are designed to meet the growing needs of computer science programs in schools and prepare students with computer and technology skills that employers are seeking.

“I’m proud that these two local school districts will be receiving grants to help implement computer science programs into their curriculum,” Ciresi said. “Computer science programs are becoming more and more critical to the success of our students when they enter the workforce.”

According to Ciresi, the grants will fund teams of four or more educators who are interested in being trained on ways to implement computer science into their classrooms and curriculums. After the initial training, schools can request additional funding for equipment and products. 

A total of 221 school districts will be receiving grants across Pennsylvania. More information about the PAsmart grants can be found here.

Ciresi encourages residents to contact him with any state-government related matter. He encourages residents to visit his website ( to learn more about services his office provides. His district office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at Park Towne Plaza, 301 N. Lewis Road, in Royersford. His Harrisburg office can be reached at 717-783-4086.