Dawkins announces school safety grant for Mastery Charter School

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today announced Mastery Charter School’s Smedley Campus has been awarded a $8,506 Safe Schools Targeted grant. It is among the $8.4 million in grants being distributed across the commonwealth.

Dawkins said the school will use the funding to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce violence.

“Children and their parents should never have to fear whether or not they will return home from school,” Dawkins said. “Schools are for learning, succeeding and growing. These grants will help provide a safe and healthy environment for our children to learn, and teachers to teach.”

Dawkins added the School District of Philadelphia will receive a $25,000 grant toward security-related equipment, including student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.

The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program, awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, assists schools in promoting an environment of productivity, safety and learning, as well as highlighting and promoting antiviolence efforts between schools, parents, and law enforcement and officials. For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit the PDE’s website.

This program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program created this year and administered through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The deadline to apply for these grants is Oct. 12.