$1.35 million awarded by state to Allentown school programs

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg today announced the Allentown City School District was awarded $1.35 million in 21st Century Learning Center grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The intent of the program is to support 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. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, math and science; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

“Twenty-first Century Learning Center grants are an instrumental component of the extended educational opportunities that ASD strives to give our students,” Schweyer said. “The afterschool programing offered by the 21st Century grants reinforce the work being done in the classroom as well as offering enrichment opportunities such as character education, the arts and technology. I want to commend Secretary Pedro Rivera and Governor Tom Wolf for their commitment to equitable education for all Pennsylvania students.”

“This is wonderful for students in our community schools to experience more learning opportunities. Every child should have access to world-class education regardless of where they live, and these investments help to ensure that is the case. I want to thank Secretary Rivera and Governor Wolf for their commitment to equity and look forward to continuing to support the students in the Allentown School District,” Schlossberg said.

The money will be used for programs at the following schools: Francis D. Raub Middle School, Trexler Middle School, Harrison-Morton Middle School, South Mountain Middle School, William Allen High School, Louis E. Dieruff High School, Sheridan Elementary School, Roberto Clemente, Hiram W. Dodd Elementary School, Jackson Early Childhood Center, McKinley Elementary School, Lehigh Parkway Elementary School.

“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.”