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Governor Wolf Announces $4.3 Million to Improve Conditions at Philadelphia School Buildings

first_img July 31, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces $4.3 Million to Improve Conditions at Philadelphia School Buildings Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is providing $4.3 million in state funding for lead paint stabilization at Philadelphia school buildings. The governor was joined by members of Philadelphia’s legislative delegation, School District of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers at the Edward Heston School for the announcement today.“No parent should have to worry about the health risk of sending their child to school and no student should be at risk from lead paint,” said Governor Wolf. “The safety of our children should always be a priority and our schools must be healthy environments where students and teachers can focus on learning and building bright futures. Today’s announcement is another step in the work towards this goal, but it cannot and will not be the end. We must continue to fight for every child in Pennsylvania to be able to live, learn and play in buildings and spaces free from exposure to lead.”With $7.6 million provided last year, the governor has invested $11.9 million for lead paint stabilization at the city’s schools over two years. The district has also provided $11 million and, since June 2018, will have completed lead paint stabilization projects at 32 elementary schools by the start of the school year. Nearly 18,000 students will attend schools with lead safe environments and a new coat of paint in classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, and gyms.“We are continuing our commitment to address the environmental hazards in our schools for the school children of Philadelphia, their parents and the folks who work in toxic conditions daily,” said Sen. Hughes. “A little more than a year ago, I stood with Gov. Wolf to announce funding for emergency cleanups in our city schools and we pledged to do better for our children. We are making progress, but there is still work to do and we need larger buy-in from our colleagues in the General Assembly to attack the school infrastructure problem our commonwealth faces. We will not stop fighting until every school in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania is safe, healthy and clean. Thank you to Gov. Wolf for continuing to support the health of our students and for securing $11.9 million for school cleanups over the past two years.”“The health and safety of our students are our highest priorities,” said Dr. William Hite, superintendent. “The School District of Philadelphia is grateful for Governor Wolf’s support, which will help supplement the work the district is doing to ensure each student is able to learn in a welcoming and vibrant school. Much of this work occurred this summer, as our maintenance and facilities staff have been working tirelessly to make sure classrooms are ready for students on the first day of school. All students, no matter where they live or attend school, deserve to learn in modernized environments that will best position them for academic success.”The governor also explained how his Restore Pennsylvania proposal would help Philadelphia and schools across Pennsylvania to address lead and other contaminants. Restore Pennsylvania would be funded by monetizing a commonsense severance tax. Over the next four years, $4.5 billion would be provided for high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth.The proposed investment would help communities with initiatives such as removing lead paint, protecting against flash flooding, combating blight, and expanding high-speed internet and green infrastructure. All projects that communities need but lack the necessary funding to complete.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Prime Minister Skerrit affirms commitment to social protection programmes

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 19 Views   one comment Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Prime Minister Skerrit affirms commitment to social protection programmes by: – July 11, 2012 Tweet Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has given a commitment that the ‘Yes We Care’ programme will remain central in moving forward with Government’s social protection programmes.The ‘Yes We Care’ programme, a bold initiative of the Roosevelt Skerrit Administration, provides personal care and attention to the elderly particularly those who are alone, or whose families are unable to provide for them because of poverty, sickness or unemployment.The Prime Minister told the contract signing ceremony of the Bense Water Supply Project earlier this week that the 2012/2013 Budget will reflect Government’s continued desire to provide assistance to people who are poor and disadvantaged.“There were several hundreds of our people, elderly who were suffering, no one to cook for them and wash their clothes, no one to bathe them. The Government is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to provide a service and to tell our senior citizens, “Yes somebody cares” and we made a commitment in the 2012/2013 Budget that the ‘Yes We Care’ programme will be central to moving forward.”The ‘Yes We Care’ Programme is in keeping with the Government’s strategy for social protection and poverty reduction as set out in its Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS) approved by Cabinet in 2006 and updated in 2008 under the theme, ‘Leveraging Sustained Growth’.The Prime Minister said further that his “Government in recent times has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in responding to disaster victims by helping them replace their beds, clothes and furniture so that they can live comfortable lives.”Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Support Groups Help Others Cope with Grief

first_imgVALPARAISO, Ind. — Sooner or later, each of us will experience that dagger in the heart called grief, but learning how to pick up the pieces and move on is the goal of several Indiana support groups.Amy Kowalisyn of Valparaiso lost a baby, Emma, in 2014, and founded an online charity with her husband. “Emma’s Footprints” helps others cope with grief.They then teamed up with another mom from Florida, to start an online support group.Kowalisyn says #OnComingAlive began as a way to let people blog about the loss of a loved one, but now includes thoughts about all kinds of personal pain.She says writing about what she was feeling helped her, and she knew it could help others, too.“I started to find more joy in the world,” says Kowalisyn. “And I think sharing that and letting people know that it can start to mend your heart and you can live life again is just so important for people to know.”She adds since Emma’s death, the couple has been partnering with the Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation to raise funds and provide care packages to parents whose premature babies require extended stays in neonatal intensive care units.Lori Ann Keiling is a certified yoga instructor, who teaches classes and workshops on how to deal with grief. She says people have been healing through yoga for centuries.“Grief gets kind of lodged in the lungs and the heart and so, a lot of times when we start to gently, gently open up that area and get the energy flowing through there, people start to see some really dramatic results,” says Keiling.The Indiana Youth Institute says just over four percent of the state’s kids are dealing with the loss of a loved one, and often lack the coping skills to properly process what has happened.The institute hosts workshops to teach parents, youth workers and educators how to help children and teens grieve.last_img read more