The Bensalem School District is the recipient of $800,000 in state grants, local legislators announced earlier this week. This funding comes as the result of an application to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program.
With half going to Bensalem High School, the district will use this money to fund educational opportunities. Robert K. Shafer Middle School, St. Ephrems School and St. Charles Borromeo School will use the other $400,000 for similar purposes. Each $400,000 grant will be given yearly through 2024.
Both grants will go toward a partnership with the Ivins Outreach Center to help students achieve in core academic subjects. These programs demand at least half of the designated time focuses on reading, math, and science.
State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) and State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-18) confirmed the funding Tuesday in a press release. Both legislators have their main local offices located in Bensalem.
“This critical funding will help Bensalem continue to provide unique learning opportunities for our children,” Tomlinson said. “I want to commend the Superintendent and the members of the Bensalem Township School Board for their efforts in applying for these funds; these funds will help Bensalem accomplish their mission of Educating the Whole Student.”
Tomlinson also thanked DiGirolamo for working with the school’s administration to help apply for the grants.
“These grants are another example of Bensalem Township School District going above and beyond to provide our students the best learning experience,” DiGirolamo said. “I applaud the decision of the Department of Education to select Bensalem as a recipient, and I know they could not have picked a better school district.”
The 21st CCLC program “supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.” Mainly, it focuses on before and after-school programs.
“This is a great opportunity for the Bensalem community,” said a press release from the school district. “We are very excited and look forward to working with our partners to implement programs supported by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.”