Aug. 07, 2020

HARRISBURG – Five school entities in the 116th Legislative District have been awarded education grants for the upcoming academic year, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne).

Continuity of Education and Equity (CEEG) grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in the continuity of education.

Those local school entities receiving CEEG grants include:
• Berwick Area School District – $37,350.
• Hazleton Area School District – $359,000.
• Luzerne IU 18 – $15,650.
• Northwest Area School District – $16,500.

“I am pleased we are able to provide this funding to enhance the learning opportunities for all students during the current health crisis,” said Toohil.

The funding may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots. In addition, it can be used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving a CEEG.

In addition, the Hazleton Area Career Center has been awarded grant funding in the amount of $162,653 to assist in resuming operations and implementing public health and safety plans.

CTC Equity Grants may be used for the purchase of protective equipment, hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in building structures; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of students.

Both grant programs are funded through the federal CARES Act.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136 /