Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2021! Completing your senior year in light of the most challenging times we have faced as a nation has provided obstacles not seen in generations. But, through sheer resilience and determination, you have overcome these challenges and we now celebrate your accomplishment. I am proud of what you have achieved.
As you move on to the next phase of your young lives, whether in college or the workforce, I wish you nothing but success as you seek a rewarding and fulfilling life. Our state is fortunate to have motivated young individuals like the class of 2021, and I hope that you pursue your dreams and put your talents to work to build a better Pennsylvania.
On behalf of all of those I serve, congratulations!
Celebrate Safely this July Fourth!
The Burn Prevention Network is reminding Pennsylvania residents to prevent fireworks-related injuries this Fourth of July with the “Celebrate Safely, PA! “Campaign. If you are going to celebrate with fireworks, please do so legally and with respect for your neighbors and community.
“Celebrate Safely, PA!” is an organized effort amongst collaborators which aims to raise awareness about fireworks safety, and to ultimately reduce fireworks-related injury.
Visit the Burn Prevention Network’s Website to learn more!
Senate Passes Browne’s Bill to Remove Educational Roadblocks for Students
The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sens. Pat Browne and Wayne Langerholc that would create a smoother transition to high school graduation for students who are experiencing homelessness or are in foster care.
Students in these situations can face challenges to graduation because they changed schools before earning full credit or are unable to take a required course at their new school. In addition, their new school also may not honor all of the credits they earned. It is possible that impacted children may even attend multiple schools in a year.
Senate Bill 324 , or the Fostering Graduation Success for Vulnerable Students Act, would remove roadblocks these students unfairly face by designating a point person to review past transcripts and provide the essential support needed to aid student graduation.
“I am pleased that the Senate has passed the Fostering Graduation Success for Vulnerable Students legislation, which will help to keep our most vulnerable students on track to graduate high school,” Browne said. “This legislation provides remedies to the roadblocks that many of our students experience and puts them on a pathway towards a brighter future. I am proud to partner with Sen. Langerholc to provide this essential support to ensure all students have an opportunity to succeed in school.”
The bill would also provide students with other methods to demonstrate that their coursework has been satisfactorily completed so necessary credit can be awarded. If a student is ineligible to graduate from his or her new school, the new school may request a diploma be issued from the previous school, assuming the student met the previous school’s graduation requirements.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives for their consideration.
More Farmland Preserved in Lehigh County
The Department of Agriculture has announced that the Farmland Preservation Program has added 2,305 acres on 30 farms in 19 counties to the program, including 88 new acres in Lehigh County. This brings the total number of permanent conservation easements on 5,899 Pennsylvania farms up to 599,132 acres across the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms and acres permanently preserved for agricultural production.
The program guarantees a future food supply and contributes to a healthier economy. It also assures a way of life Pennsylvanian’s cherish will continue for generations to come. The program is a partnership between all levels of government and non-profit organizations – with a common goal of saving prime farmland.
To learn more about the program, visit the PA Dept. of Agriculture’s Website.
Supporting the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley
The Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley (JCC) recently celebrated the grand opening of its new outdoor swimming pool and the completion of renovation of its indoor pool.
I was pleased to support these efforts by securing a $25,000 grant to assist their efforts.
The JCC’s indoor pool, which is over 60 years old, has been serving residents in the Lehigh Valley dating back to the 1950s, teaching thousands of children and adults how to swim. The new outdoor pool was designed specifically with children and families in mind, with a large shallow area appropriate for instructional swim for even the youngest children.
The JCC also plans to use the outdoor pool on weekdays as part of its Camp JCC summer camp program.
For more information on the JCC’s swimming and other programs, visit the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley’s website.
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