SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS
A $6.5 million grant will allow Pennsylvania to invest in school safety for students. Governor Tom Corbett and Senator Joe Scarnati announced the award earlier this week while visiting the Lancaster School District. The grant program provides funding for school to enhance security with eligible schools and municipalities receiving up to $60,000 for a school resource officer and up to $40,000 for a school police officer. $2.6 million through the Safe Schools Targeted Grant will be used to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce school violence.
WEST PENN POWER SCAM
State College Police say an ongoing scam is targeting West Penn Power customers in our area. Police say customers are receiving phone calls indicating their bill is overdue. In the scam, the customer is then instructed to call a 1-800 number and is asked to send money pack or orders for payment. Police say customers should follow normal West Penn Power procedures before making any payments.
PENN STATE TEAMS RECEIVE RECOGNITION
Eight Penn State athletic teams were recognized by the NCAA for ranking among the nation’s best in the classroom. Men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for high scores in the 2012-13 Academic Progress Rate compilation. The same teams were also honored in 2011-12. The total marks the third-highest among Big Ten institutions.
VEHICLE TRAFFIC AT PENN STATE
A ten-year study required by the State College Borough shows a more than 10 percent decline in vehicle traffic on Penn State’s University Park campus. According to Statecollege.com, the reduction in commuter traffic occurred between 2000 and 2011 despite an increase in student enrollment and expansion. CATA bus ridership increased by 10 percent during a portion of the study and pedestrian and bike use also climbed.
CENTRE GIVES FUNDS TOTAL
Nearly 5,000 donors helped the Centre Gives campaign raise more than 660-thousand dollars. According to the Centre Daily Times, the 36-hour online giving event surpassed last year’s total by more than $100,000. The Centre Foundation sponsors the event. The foundation aids other local philanthropic agencies through online media donations.