Sappey: $345K in Safe Schools grants awarded for Chester County school districts

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, helped announce today more than $9 million in statewide Safe Schools grants, with about $345,000 impacting the 158th Legislative District in Chester County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

“We have an obligation to provide a quality public education. In order to meet that obligation, it is imperative that our children feel safe and secure in their learning environment,” Sappey said. “I applaud our schools for obtaining these competitive grants that help to ensure our students are able to learn without concern for their safety. This money directly employs school resource officers and helps them stay current with safety training and equipment.”

The full list of 2020-21 awards by school district is available here.

Local recipients include:

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School $16,318.39 for equipment.
  • Avon Grove Charter School, $25,000 for equipment, $18,878 for programs, $52,892 for a school resource officer.
  • Avon Grove School District, $4,792 for equipment, $16,259 for programs, $54,084 for a school resource officer.
  • Bishop Shanahan High School, $20,430 for equipment.
  • Church Farm School, $23,716 for equipment.
  • Downingtown Area School District, $25,000 for equipment.
  • Pope John Paul II Regional School, $20,937 for equipment.
  • SS Peter and Paul School, $24,937 for equipment.
  • Upland Country Day School, $24,923.12 for equipment.
  • Villa Maria Academy High School, $16,784 for equipment.

More information about the types of grants awarded is provided in the program applications:

For more information, those interested can reach Sappey’s district office at (484) 200-8264.