Local Schools Win $ 1.6 Million in Grant Competition

HARRISBURG, May 1, 2012 School districts in Pennsylvania’s 35th Senate District won more than $ 1.6 million in competitive federal grants for efforts to develop comprehensive strategies to improve literacy, state Sen. John N. Wozniak announced today.

“The grant awards show the commitment to educational innovation in this region,” Wozniak said. “This was a very competitive process and local schools won a large share of the money that was available.”

The grants will be awarded through Pennsylvania’s Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) initiative, part of a comprehensive state effort to improve literacy from birth through grade 12.  Pennsylvania was one of only six states to receive win federal funding for its program.

“With tight budgets at all levels of government, schools have to prove themselves to get money that is available for innovation,” Wozniak said. “Our local schools were up to the challenge.   Pennsylvania received $38.6 million for the program.

Local schools awarded the grants include:

Westmont Hilltop School District $41,157

Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District $654,514

Penn Cambria School District $280,332

Glendale School District  $652,176