Sappey announces $550,000 grant awarded to Chester County Intermediate Unit

KENNETT, June 6 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that Chester County Intermediate Unit received $550,000 in state funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant program for use at Kennett Consolidated School District.

According to Sappey, $400,000 will be awarded to Kennett Middle School and High School, and $150,00 will go toward Mary D. Lang, Banroft, Greenwood and New Garden elementary schools.

“These funds will help students reach their full potential by providing homework assistance for all grade levels and will also help students in seventh grade and up prepare for their futures by offering career readiness and college prep initiatives,” Sappey said.

Additionally, Sappey said the 21st CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing Title I schools.

“Twenty-first Century Learning Center grants provide critical investments for communities to expand educational opportunities for students and families,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said.  “This year’s recipients were selected with an emphasis on improving educational equity and expanding the geographic reach of Pennsylvania’s programs.  As a result, more students across the state will have access to wellness, literacy, and career and technical education programs, among others.”

Students who qualify for the programs are English language learners, enrolled in the Migrant Education Program, or qualify based on their families’ income status or may be referred by their teacher if a student demonstrates the need for academic support, according to Chester County Intermediate Unit.

“Investing in our schools and our children is investing in our future,” Sappey said. “And ensuring our students meet state and local standards in core subjects like math, reading and science will benefit not only them, but their families and our communities.”