On Friday, Dec. 14, the same day a gunman perpetrated one of the worst school shootings our nation's history in Newtown, Connecticut, the Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $479,513 in grants for programs to prevent incidents of violence in our schools.
According to The Patriot News, 37 districts and schools across the state received money (out of the 97 that applied for the up to $15,000 grants), including Abington School District. The district reportedly received $15,000.
"Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvania’s students is of the utmost importance," Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis wrote in a news release issued on Friday. "Students, parents and teachers expect schools to be a safe environment in which to learn. These funds will provide the necessary resources for schools to put programs into place that will enhance safety in our schools."
The only other Montgomery County school district to receive a public safety grant was Norristown Area School District. It received about $14,300.
Read more about the grants and the programs they would fund here.