– Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced more than $64,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded to Northern Lehigh and Northampton Area school districts.
The grant program, funded through the state budget, assists schools with paying for programs to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource officers (SRO) and school police officers (SPO).
“Keeping our children safe while in school must be a priority,” Mako said. “No student should worry about their well-being. Instead, they should be concentrating on learning all they can to prepare for their futures. I’m pleased to support this worthwhile grant program.”
Grants were awarded to:
- Northern Lehigh School District – $20,000 to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce violent incidents.
- Northampton Area School District – $24,330 to purchase security-related equipment.
- Northampton Area School District – $19,404 to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce violent incidents.
The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant Program created by the Legislature this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The deadline for schools to apply for the new program is Friday, Oct. 12.
The 183rd District includes South Whitehall (part), Washington and Whitehall (part) townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.
Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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