Sainato: Nearly $133,000 to help equip students for remote learning during pandemic

NEW CASTLE, April 22 – A $132,850 grant to the New Castle Area School District will help ensure students have the resources they need to benefit from internet-based and other remote learning programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the Continuity of Education and Equity Grant awarded by the state Department of Education will help eliminate obstacles faced by students whose families may be unable to afford laptops and other equipment for remote learning during the 2019-20 academic year:

“A student’s economic status should never stand in the way of their getting the best possible education the state can provide,” Sainato said. “I believe our Lawrence County schools provide students an excellent start, but when challenges such as COVID-19 force major changes to the way learning happens, we need to make sure kids are equipped for those changes.

“Thanks to this funding, all students in the district will have the laptops and other resources they need to continue learning and benefiting from online and remote programs.”

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. The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used 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 these grants.