Erie Schools Awarded Environmental Education Grants

HARRISBURG – Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) today announced Erie’s public schools received funding through Pennsylvania’s Environmental Education Grant Program totaling nearly $10,000 to promote environmental education and stewardship.

A $5,000 grant was awarded to the Foundation for Erie’s Public Schools for “Exploring Climate Change Through Community Field Experiences” to host six different field experiences for elementary school students and family members, designed to increase awareness and explore solutions that lead to a Climate Action project.

Additionally, the School District of the City of Erie was awarded $4,980 for the “2024-2025 Residential Garden Program,” designed for middle school students who will participate in the Erie Farm to School Garden Club program. Students will learn about home gardening, water conservation and storm water management.

Administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the grants program provides funding to support a wide range of environmental education projects including meaningful, hands-on programs for students, teacher training workshops and community conservation projects for adults. The program is funded by a portion of all pollution fines and penalties collected annually by the DEP, with more than $13 million provided through the program since its inception.

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Contact:  David Kozak   717-787-8927

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