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Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr
My remarks in support of Senate Bill 1142, the Safe2Say Program, which would allow anonymous reporting of the threats regarding unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent or criminal activities in schools.
The program would be patterned after the successful Safe2Tell program that was created in Colorado in 1999 after the school shooting at Columbine.
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Public Hearing
Four school superintendents from the 35th Senatorial District testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services in Harrisburg, focusing their remarks on mental health services and school safety.
The hearing was held to discuss a wide range of issues related to mental health, including his legislation to increase the ability of school districts to hire professionals to focus on the mental health needs of their students.
The educators offered their perspectives on several issues, including their need of assistance in handling the psychological needs of students.
They stressed that there must be a concerted effort by legislators, elected officials, school districts and mental health professionals to provide services to children in need. Among the growing problems they identified in schools are fighting, bullying and drug use, all of which contribute to greater threats of school violence.
To view the full testimony of the superintendents, click here.
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS across BEDFORD, CAMBRIA AND CLEARFIELD COUNTIES…
How would you like to have $25,000 to make your community safer, stronger, and smarter? It could be possible with a grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist®. Forty causes will each win a $25,000 grant to assist their neighborhood.
Residents of the United States can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com from June 6-June 15 or when 2,000 submissions are reached, whichever comes first. Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win big.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist asks individuals to identify causes that would help make their communities safer, stronger, and smarter. The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow down the field, using a scoring rubric to identify the top 200 submissions.
The public will have a chance to vote up to 10 times a day, every day for 10 days from August 15-August 24 for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced on Good Neighbor Day, September 25.
Visitors to Harrisburg
I would like to remind constituents, to please feel free to stop in my office, Room 185, when you are visiting the capitol. My staff and I welcome the opportunity to say hello to you. If you are visiting on a session day, I can also introduce you as my guest during session. Feel free to call 717-787-5400 if you know in advance that you will be visiting the capitol.
On May 23, David Schreffler from Bedford County stopped by my office. He was in Harrisburg for Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Day.
Happenings at Home
Thursday, May 17, I was pleased to join University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and community members for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new REACHland Connect bike path and sidewalk in Richland. REACHland (Recreational, Environmentally-safe, Access way for Community and Healthy-Living) Connect, is a multi-phase initiative to connect, by sidewalks and bike paths, campus and community with culture and commerce. This exciting project connects the Richland Township education corridor with the community and Richland Town Centre, creating a safe, convenient bike and walk route for students, neighbors, and for residents. I want to congratulate those involved on their countless hours of work on this great community initiative!
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