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Week of November 12, 2018

Schools Receive Funding to Improve Student Safety

A number of schools in the 48th Senatorial District were recently awarded state grants to improve school safety as part of a newly created School Safety and Security Grant Program to provide school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students and creating other programs to protect students.

In the 48th Senatorial District, each of the following school districts will receive $25,000 in grant funding:

Dauphin County:  Central Dauphin, Lower Dauphin, Middletown Area and Steelton-Highspire

Lebanon County:  Annville-Cleona, Cornwall-Lebanon, Eastern Lebanon County, Lebanon, Northern Lebanon and Palmyra Area

York County:  Central York, Northeastern York, West Shore and York Suburban

Constituent Highlight:  Amanda Bechtel, PHCA Assisted Living/Personal Care Aide of the Year

Congratulations Amanda Bechtel, of Middletown, Dauphin County and the 48th Senatorial District, who will be honored as the 2018 Assisted Living/Personal Care Personal Care Aide of the Year by the PA Health Care Association (PHCA) during its Hero Awards Event! The Hero Awards are used to recognize the commitment, innovation, leadership and teamwork of unsung heroes of the health care field, and are presented to individual long-term and post-acute staff members who go the extra mile to ensure residents and patients receive outstanding care and improve the lives of those living and working in their facilities. Through Amanda’s many initiatives to benefit her community and by her personal example, she clearly reflects the true spirit and mission of PHCA. Great job, Amanda, your many contributions are worthy of deep gratitude and respect!

Grants Awarded to Volunteers Fire Companies

New funding was recently announced to help rural community volunteer fire companies guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and undeveloped areas. The grant program is offered through the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and paid through federal grants from the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. In the 48th Senatorial District, Campbelltown Volunteer Fire Company in Lebanon County was approved for $3,492.

Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.  Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing water supply equipment, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. Grant recipients are selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection. Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds.

“It’s On Us PA” Grants to Combat Sexual Violence

One million dollars in “It’s On Us PA” grants are available to combat sexual violence at colleges and universities through the PA Department of Education. The grant is open to postsecondary institutions across the state – including public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities – to implement strategies on campus to address the goals of the “It’s On Us PA” campaign, including:

  • Improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students
  • Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender-based violence
  • Demonstrate significant, proactive and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging PA’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate

Further information and grant applications are available here, and will be accepted through November 21st. Questions can be directed to

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