Freeman: $27.8 million awarded to local schools

Federal pandemic funding to help better serve students

EASTON, Jan. 20- State Rep. Robert Freeman, D- Northampton, announced today more than $27 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help local schools better serve students and ensure continued academic progress during the pandemic.                                            

“There continues to be numerous challenges, massive costs and incredible logistical struggles to safely educate students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Freeman, D-Northampton. “These grants are critical to ensuring that our children continue to thrive, despite their growing needs and increased hardships for families in Northampton County and across the commonwealth.”

School districts and charter schools may use the funding for a wide range of activities, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports.

However, school districts must apply to PDE to obtain their allocated funds. The application process is posted on the PDE website.

Local school funding allocations include:

  • Bethlehem Area School District: $16,156,572
  • Easton Area School District: $8,568,214
  • Saucon Valley School District: $975,631
  • Wilson Area School District: $2,188,683