Santarsiero announces grants

Funding has been granted to Penn State University to host the Bucks County 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Clinic, and Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22

State Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10th dist.) announced $25,000 in grant funding through the state Department of Education’s Teacher in the Workplace program to Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22.

The $25,000 that Bucks IU received will allow them, as a local education agency, to enable educators throughout Bucks County to interact with local employers and learn the skills and industry trends that will enhance their classroom instruction, student learning and career readiness.

Bucks IU operates as a regional service agency to provide cost-effective, management-efficient programs to public and private K-12 schools, school districts and the community of Bucks County. It serves more than 96,000 students in over 270 schools, with more than 9,000 educators, and addresses traditional and emerging needs to increase access to and quality of education throughout Bucks County.

The Teacher in the Workplace grants from the education department are funded through federal money. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations and economic development entities.

For more information on Bucks County Intermediate Unit, visit bucksiu.org.

For more information on grant opportunities available through the education department, visit education.pa.gov/Policy-Funding/SchoolGrants/Pages/default.aspx.

Santarsiero also announced the award of $3,000 in grant funding through the state Department of Agriculture’s Ag & Youth Grant Program to Penn State University to host the Bucks County 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, Health) Animal and Veterinary Science Clinic.

“Time and again, 4-H has proven that they do, in fact, make the best better,” Santarsiero said. “The qualities that 4-H embodies are essential for the good of our children and our communities. I am happy to see 4-H’ers continuing the proud agricultural legacy of Bucks County.”

A six-week intensive course for experiential learning and interaction with professionals, the Bucks County 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Clinic is an opportunity for Bucks County youths to explore their interest in animals with experts in the field.

Bucks County 4-H, operated via Penn State Extension, is located in Doylestown Township and serves youths in Bucks County aged 8-18 who have an interest in citizenship, agricultural and veterinary sciences, technology, healthy living, engineering and technology. In addition, 4-H hosts school enrichment programs for grades 3-8, offers summer programs covering a variety of topics and provides scholarship opportunities to members.

For more information on Bucks County 4-H, visit extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/bucks.

For more information on various grant opportunities available through the state Department of Agriculture, visit agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/PA-Farm-Bill.aspx.