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Sappey announces grant awarded to Avon Grove School District to enhance STEM education

(Jan 17, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that Avon Grove School District was awarded a $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant to expand the district’s computer science classes and teacher training. The targeted grants represent one component of the PAsmart initiative , which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. Avon Grove was one of 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units to receive a grant. The 163 awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students in STEM programs and in rural communities. “Our economy and job market deeply rely on the constantly growing and greatly successful STEM industries,” Sappey said. “It is predicted that within the next decade, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to utilize computers and new technologies, so it’s crucial we prepare and properly educate tomorrow’s workforce to ensure the prosperity of this commonwealth.” For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website . Read more


Newest laws of the decade

(Jan 10, 2020)

More than 100 bills were signed into law last year in Pennsylvania, including legislation of my own. Below you’ll find information on a few of the most impactful new laws for 2020. Questions regarding these or any state law may be directed to my office by calling 484-200-8264. Election Reform: Act 77 of 2019 is the most significant improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections in more than 80 years. The law creates a new option to vote by mail up to 50 days before an election, extends the deadline to register to vote by 15 days and helps pay for safer, more secure voting systems with a paper trail. This legislation takes effect for the April 2020 primary election. “Do Not Call” Law: The strengthened “Do Not Call” law went into effect in December. Under the new law, telephone numbers registered with the state database no longer need to be re-registered every five years. Business telephone numbers also may be added to the “Do Not Call” list. To register your telephone number or to get more information on the new regulation, please visit the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s website. PA GI Bill: This law extends tuition benefits to Pennsylvania National Guard members’ spouses and children. If the servicemember chooses to re-enlist for six years, their family may attend college at no or reduced cost. This program is the first of its kind in the nation. In addition to supporting military family members, Read more


Sappey encourages local farmers to apply for ag grant program

(Jan 09, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Christina Sappey urges local farmers, prospective farmers and those involved in the agriculture industry to apply for a new Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program that will preserve farms. Created by the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which was enacted with Sappey’s support, the program helps recipients create or obtain plans for business and management strategies, transition of ownership and operation, diversification, farm expansion, and maintaining the long-term economic viability of farms. “As our population in Pennsylvania ages, it is important to proactively address succession planning to ensure farms remain farms once their owners retire,” Sappey said. “These grants will help preserve farmlands, promote local agriculture economy and prevent unwanted development.” The deadline to apply is April 3. The application can be found at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx Read more


Sappey to host town hall meeting next week

(Jan 08, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to attend her town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District office, 740 Unionville Road. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by contacting Sappey’s district office at 484-200-8264 or email RepSappey@pahouse.net . “We will be discussing the state-related matters that are most important to the community members in attendance,” Sappey said. “I will be able to provide an update on legislation and 2020 legislative priorities.” Readers who are unsure if they live in the 158th Legislative District can check at https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ . Read more


Save the Date!

(Jan 07, 2020)

Save the date for these upcoming events! Read more


Williams, Sappey announce $14.4K in Ag and Youth grants for Chester County

(Jan 06, 2020)

Grants include $7,500 for the Chester County chapter of the Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America (FFA), and $6,900 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Read more


Sappey bestowed Foot Soldier of Justice Award by NAACP for championing trauma-informed education in PA

(Dec 18, 2019)

MEDIA, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, received the prestigious Foot Soldier for Justice Award from the NAACP Media Area Branch on Saturday. Sappey was chosen for her demonstrated commitment to children’s education throughout Pennsylvania. In July, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation to implement trauma-informed education in schools throughout the commonwealth, largely thanks to a bill authored by Sappey. Sappey introduced H.B. 1415 to train teachers and administrators to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma and how to formulate education-based policies, procedures and practices through trauma-informed approaches. During the budget process in June, Sappey’s bill was incorporated into S.B. 144 , which is now law. “Every child deserves a fair chance to succeed in the classroom,” Sappey said. “The passage of this legislation was certainly a triumph for our education system and all of Pennsylvania’s students coping with Adverse Childhood Experiences. I am so grateful for the positive response this bill has received, and I am honored to accept the Foot Soldier for Justice Award. I am committed to continuing my fight for students across the commonwealth and advocating for children who have experienced trauma. A trauma-informed approach in education now will ultimately give us a healthier adult population in the future.” More information on the award or trauma-informed education can be Read more


Sappey’s donation drive great success, benefits five charities

(Nov 22, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Christina Sappey held a charitable item donation drive on Saturday, Nov. 16, which received donations from over 100 local residents for the Brandywine SPCA, David’s Drive 831, the Chester County Food Bank, Marines Toys for Tots and Green Drop. “I am continually impressed by the love and generosity of the people in our community,” Sappey said. “These donations will help feed families, provide a child with a toy for the holidays and ensure the health of pets looking for their forever homes. Thank you to those who donated, your kindness will certainly go a long way.” Many attendees provided items to all the organizations on site. David’s Drive 831, a local veteran support organization, collected items for veterans receiving care at the Coatesville, Lebanon, and Southeastern Veterans Centers. "We ended up with a truckload of items that are already helping veterans in need. The generosity of the 158th demonstrates how much we care for veterans. Veterans deserve our support and they feel your kindness,” David Turner, founder and president of David’s Drive 831, said. “Thank you Representative Sappey and staff for giving David's Drive 831 the opportunity to show the veterans in this community that they are not forgotten, thank you!" Photos from the donation drive can be found here. Read more


Sappey shares PennDOT’s plan to reduce excessive traffic due to construction on Lenape Bridge

(Nov 22, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, has shared an update regarding the excessive traffic at the Street Road and Pocopson Road intersection due to the construction occurring on Lenape Bridge, located on state Route 52. The narrow stone bridge over the Brandywine Creek is currently closed to traffic and is being restored by the state Transportation Department. This forces drivers to use state Route 926 or Pocopson Road, as there are few other detours to go around this bridge closure, causing unusually heavy traffic. Sappey noted that this detour causes extreme traffic jams to motorists traveling north and south on Pocopson Road, as well as state Route 926. Sappey said she has heard from constituents who have waited nearly an hour in traffic at this intersection, so she reached out to PennDOT and asked its officials to address this burden. “According to PennDOT, an advance left turn arrow for southbound Pocopson Road will be added by the beginning of next week. This will allot time for drivers to turn left before the northbound side of Pocopson Road gets a green light,” Sappey said. “This should help alleviate the burden of waiting in long lines just in time for the holidays as busy travel days are approaching.” PennDOT will also be monitoring other signalized intersections along the detour route to see if adjustments are needed there, as well. Sappey added that she will keep her constituents Read more


Sappey welcomes state boys cross country champions from Downingtown West High School to state Capitol

(Nov 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Christina Sappey welcomed Downingtown West High School’s boys’ cross-country team, The Whippets, to the Pennsylvania House chamber today to commemorate their Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 3A championship title. The Whippets earned their second PIAA title in five years this month by finishing the competition with 65 points, beating La Salle High School by 19 points. “I’m very proud to welcome The Whippets to the Capitol to recognize the dedication and determination that earned them this state title,” Sappey said. “My son was a Whippet throughout his four years at Downingtown West High School, so to watch this team continue to succeed is truly incredible for me. I’d like to remind the team that your community is very proud of this accomplishment and we wish you the best of luck as you head to regionals at the end of this month.” Click here for photos of Rep. Sappey on the House floor with The Whippets. Read more


Sappey to host charitable item donation drive Nov. 16

(Nov 12, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, will host a charitable item donation drive from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Willowdale Town Center, 698 Unionville Road in Kennett Square, to benefit local families in need this holiday season. Sappey said donations of nonperishable food items, toys and games, pet items, electronics, and more will be accepted. All donations will go to Green Drop, Chester County Food Bank, David’s Drive, Toys for Tots and the Brandywine Valley SPCA. “I know us to be a very caring and generous community, eager to help those in need. My hope is that this event will be a one-stop drop for our charitable giving during a busy time of year”, Sappey said. A full wish list can be found on Sappey’s website, pahouse.com/sappey . Residents with questions regarding acceptable items may contact Sappey’s district office at 484-200-8264. Read more


Pennsylvania grant book

(Nov 07, 2019)

2019-20 Pennsylvania grant & resource directory Read more


2019 Charitable item donation drive wish list

(Nov 06, 2019)

Green Drop We accept new or gently used items including: Clothing & Shoes All men’s, women’s, children and infant clothing including outerwear, underwear, shoes and boots, jackets, ties, shirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, pants, hats, gloves, handbags, purses, raincoats and overcoats, swimsuits, sandals, shorts, sleepwear, jeans, T-shirts and formal wear. Household Items Cosmetics and toiletries (unopened), eyeglasses and sunglasses, artificial flowers and trees, umbrellas, yarns and material, knick-knacks, antiques, jewelry, luggage, buttons, musical instruments, towels, area rugs 6x9 or smaller, Christmas and seasonal decorations, novelties, framed pictures and paintings, yard tools, hardware tools, bedding, draperies, blankets, bedspreads, quilts, sheets, pillows and pillow cases. Kitchenware Cookware and bakeware, dishes, utensils, flatware, silverware, pots and pans, Tupperware, glasses and cups, serving plates and trays and canning jars. Games/Toys Fisher Price and Little Tikes items, bicycles, tricycles, board and other games, stuffed animals, software for Playstation, Xbox and Wii. Small Appliances Irons and ironing boards, sewing machines, microwaves, clocks, hair dryers, electric griddles, blenders, coffee makers and toasters. Electronics Flat screen TVs, computer items including towers, printers, flat screen Read more


Supporting our First Responders

(Nov 01, 2019)

As a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I am strongly advocating for greater support for our volunteer emergency service companies. Across the Commonwealth, first responder agencies are in dire need of volunteers. Our current economy has made it increasingly difficult for volunteer recruitment and retention. It is crucial that we address this concern now, as costs related to hired response teams would be detrimental for local municipalities. Recognizing the challenges facing our emergency service companies, in 2017 the legislature adopted Senate Resolution 6. This resolution created a statewide commission to analyze the volunteer shortage and develop recommendations. Recently, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved the following bills, based on the commission’s recommendations, to help these organizations address the critical volunteer shortage while assisting those who answer the call. The bills include: HB 1839 , HB 1705 : Property Tax Relief for Volunteers – active members of volunteer fire companies and non-profit ambulance companies listed on their primary residence’s property tax bills would be eligible for credits of up to 100% of their property taxes, depending on local ordinances and school districts. HB 1773 , HB 1786 : Student Loan Help for Volunteers – active members of volunteer fire companies and non-profit ambulance companies could get tuition assistance and Read more


Sappey to host Veterans Day recognition ceremony

(Oct 31, 2019)

West Chester, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, will host a veterans’ recognition ceremony in the 158th Legislative District from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at Marshallton United Methodist Church, 1282 W. Strasburg Road, West Chester. Veterans of all military branches and their families are invited to attend. Sappey said the traditional ceremony is free to attend and will honor the selfless service of the veterans in attendance. “It’s important to recognize what our veterans and their families have given for us,” Sappey said. “This Veterans Day I’d like to show my gratitude for all the sacrifices they’ve made to protect us and our freedoms.” Veterans should RSVP to the ceremony by contacting Sappey’s office by calling 484-200-8264 or by emailing repsappey@pahouse.net. Read more


10/15/19 – Stormwater Management and Infrastructure – West Chester

(Oct 18, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Christina Sappey. Read more


Sappey hosts hearing on stormwater management

(Oct 16, 2019)

Rep. Christina Sappey hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss the importance of stormwater management. She discussed the impact this issue is having on homeowners and aging infrastructure. Read more


Sappey, Policy Committee examine stormwater management and infrastructure

(Oct 15, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, hosted a House Policy Committee hearing at the East Bradford Township Building on severe weather’s impact on infrastructure and stormwater management. Read more


Sappey presents Unionville Fair with citation for 95th year

(Oct 10, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey presented the Unionville Community Fair with a House of Representatives citation on Saturday, Oct. 5 in recognition of the event’s 95th year. Read more


Sappey supports legislation to improve workplace environment, protect victims of sexual harrasment

(Oct 01, 2019)

Rep. Christina Sappey has co-sponsored legislation that would change how employers and the General Assembly deal with sexual harassment. Read more