Merski: Grants totaling nearly $387,000 will fund Erie school safety, violence prevention programs

ERIE, May 1 – Erie County students and residents will benefit from $386,816 in state grants, which will fund enhanced safety measures for Millcreek Township schools and resources for a county anti-violence program, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced today.

The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – is part of a package of competitive grants that will fund program, equipment and personnel-based resources for schools and other entities statewide.

Merski said that a $201,000 grant to Millcreek Township School District for security planning and purchase of security-related technology will ensure students enjoy a safe environment.

“As a former teacher, I know firsthand how important it is for kids to feel safe and secure in order to learn and thrive,” Merski said. “The school district has developed plans tailored to each school’s individual security needs. With the grant funding announced today, we can move forward with those plans, enhancing safety and creating a sense of security that frees kids from worry and fosters learning.”

Merski said that a second grant of $185,816 to Family Services of NW PA would fund the Erie County Violence Prevention Project, providing programs and services to address community violence.

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is administered by PCCD’s School Safety and Security Committee, which was established last year and tasked with developing the criteria that schools must use in performing safety and security assessments. Project funding includes $52.5 million for schools – including $40 million for competitive grants announced today – as well as additional funding for community violence prevention programs.