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2021 Summer Newsletter

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing

(Jul 19, 2021)

LANDENBERG, July 20 – The intricacies of Pennsylvania’s mushroom industry, which provides most of the mushrooms consumed across the United States and millions in economic benefits to the state, is the focus of a scheduled hearing to be hosted by state Rep. Christina Sappey. The hearing will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 at the New Garden Township Building, 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, PA 19350. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Sappey, D-Chester, will be joined by Vice-Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the difficulties faced by the mushroom industry in meeting demand, growing their facilities, and educating the next generation of leaders. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Share your thoughts with Rep. Sappey!

(Jul 12, 2021)

To share your thoughts on state issues, please fill out this survey. Read more

 

2021 Summer Newsletter

(Jun 23, 2021)

News and updates for the 158th Legislative District Read more

 

Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform

(Jun 09, 2021)

This is the fifth in a series of discussions on this topic Rep. Sappey has hosted. Read more

 

Sappey to host virtual panel discussion on ‘Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform’ June 10

(Jun 08, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, June 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to attend her virtual panel discussion, “Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10. This event is the fifth in her series of discussions that began last year on institutionalized racism . “These discussions have provided an opportunity for us to examine our institutions and how systemic racism can impact the delivery of education, health care, law enforcement and justice. These are sensitive, and sometimes difficult, conversations that require an open heart and an open mind. Throughout this series I have been so pleased to see the people of this district express an earnest desire to understand entrenched racism. This is the first step toward meaningful change,” Sappey said. Questions for the panel can be submitted before or during the event to repsappey@pahouse.net . Panelists for this discussion include: Deb Ryan, district attorney, Chester County. Steve Jarmon, lawyer, Lamb McErlane PC. Dr. Taylor Jones, director of research and principal consultant, CulturePoint LLC. Dr. Jessie Kalbfeld, director of research, public wise and principal consultant, CulturePoint LLC. Residents should RSVP on Sappey’s website to receive a link to attend. You can also RSVP by contacting her Read more

 

Sappey renews flags at Longwood Cemetery for Memorial Day

(May 28, 2021)

In honor of Memorial Day, state Rep. Christina Sappey renewed flags in the Longwood Cemetery this afternoon. Read more

 

Sappey: Drive-thru event connects seniors with resources

(May 19, 2021)

Residents stopped by to receive reusable bags filled with information about state and local programs and services for older adults. Read more

 

Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic: College Age

(May 19, 2021)

This virtual panel discussion, Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic: College Age, is the fourth in a series of discussions Rep. Sappey and Rep. Otten have hosted. Read more

 

Sappey announces Farm to School grant for Downingtown Area School District

(May 04, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, May 4 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced that Downingtown Area School District was awarded a state grant that will help improve access to healthy, local food in school and increase agriculture awareness. Downingtown Area School District was awarded a $15,000 Farm to School Grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The grant will be used to help with the procurement of local foods for cafeterias in five elementary schools. “As a supporter of increasing agriculture education and awareness in our schools, I’m thrilled to see this grant awarded,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “It’s important that students learn the critical role that agriculture plays in our communities and our economy. Introducing young students to locally grown foods is an excellent way to start.” Sappey said the grant builds on previous state investments made through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, including Ag and Youth grants to the Chester County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Future Farmers and the Chester County Intermediate Unit last year. Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a third round of funding for the 2021-22 state budget. “I was proud to vote for the PA Farm Bill in 2019, and it’s exciting to see this funding support projects here in Chester County,” said Sappey, who serves on the House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. “Helping students understand where their food comes from can spark Read more

 

Sappey delivers town hall update on House legislative efforts

(Apr 30, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey held an online town hall event Thursday to discuss state and local government matters with residents of the 158th Legislative District. Read more

 

Sappey, House Policy Committee hold hearing on Pa. public gardens at Longwood

(Apr 22, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, hosted a special hearing on Pennsylvania public gardens today at Longwood Gardens in East Marlborough Township. Policy Committee members received testimony focusing on the economic impact, green job development, environmental and educational contributions of public gardens in Pennsylvania. Approximately 20 legislators heard testimony from garden advocates from across the state, including Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association; Paul B. Redman, president and CEO of Longwood Gardens; Maitreyi Roy, executive director of Bartram’s Garden; and Richard Piacentini, president and CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. They also received a tour of Longwood’s conservation, horticulture research, and education facilities located on the grounds. “Pennsylvania’s public gardens have always played an important role in our communities,” said Sappey. “We’re extremely fortunate to have Longwood here in Chester County, but they are known throughout the globe for world-class exhibits, learning opportunities, performances and outstanding conservation. Public gardens, like Longwood, also encourage tourism and economic development. So, we benefit from public gardens in numerous ways.” “We hope today’s hearing raised awareness of the positive economic, Read more

 

Protecting Pollinators

(Apr 22, 2021)

Panelists for this discussion include: Stephen Repasky, president, Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association.Meagan Hopkins-Doerr, coordinator, Master Gardeners of Chester County, Penn State Extension.Sean Quinn, preserve manager, ChesLen Preserve. Read more

 

Sappey announces $419K in CFA Multimodal and Act 13 funds

(Apr 21, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that East Marlborough Township and the Kennett Greenways Project will be the recipient of a total of $419,000 in Commonwealth Financial Authority Multimodal and Act 13 funds. “This funding is integral to providing several projects with the money they need to get off the ground,” Sappey said. “The multimodal grants are a part of a much larger plan for the Kennett Greenway, a 14-plus mile pedestrian and bicycle loop designed to connect the greater Kennett community, including New Garden Township, to everyday destinations, areas of natural beauty and local points of interest. These projects provide safety and promote health while respecting the environment.” Awards have been granted as follows: $400,000 has been allocated in CFA Multimodal funds for Kennett Greenway Connectors at Birch Street and the Magnolia Underpass. The streetscape improvements will occur along Birch Street, a few blocks from downtown Kennett Square Borough. Proposed improvements will include implementation of stormwater best management practices and roadway reconstruction. Additional improvements include new sidewalks, ADA curbs and ramps, crosswalks and signage promoting alternatives to vehicular travel. The proposed underpass project will include a new 10-foot-wide multi-use trail approaching an 8-foot high by 12-foot-wide underpass, to be located beneath the East Penn Read more

 

Sappey to host Protecting Pollinators event Thursday

(Apr 21, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to attend her virtual Protecting Pollinators event at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22. “This Earth Day, I feel it is important to recognize the impact of pollinators and how to protect them,” Sappey said. “Nearly one third of crops in the U.S. are reliant on pollinators. As a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I want to ensure the public is aware of the role they play in our food sources, environment and economy, and actions individuals and businesses can take to keep pollinator populations healthy.” Panelists for this discussion include: Stephen Repasky, president, Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association. Meagan Hopkins-Doerr, coordinator, Master Gardeners of Chester County, Penn State Extension. Sean Quinn, preserve manager, ChesLen Preserve. Residents interested in receiving a link to attend will need to RSVP on Sappey’s website , by contacting her district office at 484-200-8264, or by emailing repsappey@pahouse.net . For more information, contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. ### Read more

 

American Mushroom Institute Awarded $40,000 in State Grant Funding

(Apr 16, 2021)

An important program to promote the nutritional, culinary, and health benefits of Pennsylvania-grown mushrooms will receive $40,000 in state grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, state Senator Carolyn Comitta and state Representative Christina Sappey announced today. The American Mushroom Institute (AMI), the leading national trade association representing the growers, processors, and marketers of cultivated mushrooms in the United States, will receive the matching funds for the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania’s “Eating Better to Build Back Better” program. This program focuses on mushroom culinary properties and health benefits, including naturally occurring vitamin D. It will also promote contributions to soil health and carbon sequestration. “Local farms are an important part of our economy and locally grown agricultural products, like fresh mushrooms, can be the best part of any meal,” Comitta, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said. “As we continue to work to advance our economic recovery, these funds will support efforts to promote the value of local farming and homegrown crops.” “The mushroom industry is one of Pennsylvania’s largest, with an economic impact of about $1.1 billion,” said Sappey, who serves on the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “We want to highlight these family-owned and operated farms and all of the Read more

 

Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic Sessions

(Apr 16, 2021)

Here you can find all four sessions of our Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic discussions. Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic: Pre K - 2nd Grade Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic, Session 2: 3rd - 7th grades Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic, Session 3: High School Age Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic, Session 4: College Age Thank you to our panelists from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown, the West Chester Area School District, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, West Chester University, Thomas Jefferson University, PA Office of Advocacy and Reform, and The Center for Change at Kennett Square, for providing the following COVID-19 Resources for families: Chester County Community Resources Family activities and discussion prompts Tips for nurturing and supporting children at home Building Resilience Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19 WCASD Counseling Resources Library Chester County Community Resources Sesame Street COVID-19 Resources for Young Children and Children with Autism PA Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Families Pediatric Sleep Council pandemic-related sleep advice for parents of young children Family resources from Info About Kids and Child Trends Fun daytime activities from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Bedtime relaxation techniques for Read more

 

Sappey announces over $499K to expand STEM and computer science programs at West Chester University

(Apr 15, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that West Chester University will be the recipient of $499,860 in PAsmart Advancing Grants to expand access to computer science and STEM education for Pennsylvania learners. West Chester University South Campus resides within her district. “Programs like these will allow students from all backgrounds to have the tools they need to enter an evolving workforce,” said Sappey. “I am proud that West Chester University is continuing to apply innovative education programing with civic engagement and experiences to advance STEM careers.” West Chester University of Pennsylvania will be the recipient of $499,860 to build on the National Science Foundation-funded Education for Sustainability Philly Teacher Leadership program. The goal is to expand student access and engagement in sustainable or “green” STEM through teacher development, and engage students in creating a sustainable Philadelphia. The program links classroom learning to civic action and green STEM careers. Projects funded by the PAsmart Advancing Grants include Computer Science, or CS, and STEM after-school programs in robotics and artificial intelligence; the establishment of innovative STEM partnerships between school districts and higher education partners to provide college credits and industry credentials in STEM and CS; support for diversity and inclusion on esports teams in high-need areas; Read more

 

Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic, Session 3: High School Age

(Apr 15, 2021)

Please join Rep. Christina Sappey and Rep. Danielle Friel Otten for a virtual series on Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic. We will discuss how the pandemic has affected the mental health of children and young adults in different age groups, what resources are available to help them, and how parents can access available resources. We’ll hear from counselors and health care providers, and we’ll reserve plenty of time for Q&A. Read more

 

Join live @6PM THURS. 3/25/21: Institutional Disadvantage, a Law Enforcement Perspective

(Mar 25, 2021)

Email your questions for the event to RepSappey@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Institutional Disadvantage, a Law Enforcement Perspective

(Mar 25, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to attend her virtual panel discussion, “Institutionalized Disadvantage, a Law Enforcement Perspective,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25. This panel discussion is the fourth in a series of discussions started last year. Read more