Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School receives $12,000 Safe School Targeted Grant

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School has been awarded $12,205 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives.

“We unfortunately live in a time where making such measures are a necessity. No child or staff member should have to fear for their lives. Our schools are supposed to provide a safe, learning environment,” Isaacson said. “Crucial investments like these grants for our schools not only provide a little peace of mind, but also continue to be great investments for our future.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced $7.2 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants, awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents. The grants are used to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and grants can be used to fund training for staff and police officers.

“Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School appreciates being selected for this grant. We believe that our student’s safety is paramount. This grant gives us the means to maintain a safe environment and continue our efforts to be a beacon of hope in inner city Philadelphia,” said Ed Coleman, principal.

PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000. Each grant is aimed to assist schools in reducing disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning.

This program is separate from the School Safety and Security Grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. That grant program is open until Nov. 4.