State grant benefits local school districts

From staff reports

School districts in Venango, Clarion and Crawford counties were among the various districts across the commonwealth that will benefit from more than $885,000 in state grants to enhance cafeterias.

The local districts that will benefit from the funding, which comes from the the Pennsylvania Department of Education, are:

– Franklin Area School District: $3,111.82 for a reach-in refrigerator at Central Elementary School; $3,928.57 for a reach-in freezer at Victory Elementary School.

– Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District: $2,620.80 for a proofer cabinet at Allegheny-Clarion Valley Elementary School.

– Titusville Area School District: $22,197 for a combi gas oven at Hydetown Elementary School; $6,240 for a mobile heated cabinet at Titusville Senior High School.

– Penncrest School District: $6,794 for a gas convection oven at Cambridge Springs Elementary School.

Funding, available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

“Research shows that students perform better in school when they have access to regular, nutritious meals,” Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said in a news release. “These grants will help schools upgrade equipment so they can continue to provide the essential meals that our students need throughout the day.”