Senator Tom Killion E-Newsletter

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SPECIAL EVENT EDITION

Free Kids Fun Fair this Saturday, May 11th

I will be hosting my annual Kids Fun Fair this Saturday, May 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Brandywine Youth Club Fieldhouse on 47 Thornton Road in Glen Mills.

The event is free and open to the public. Food will be provided at no cost.

The Kids Fun Fair will feature a mix of entertaining and educational exhibits happening throughout the day. The fair will have indoor and outdoor activities and will be held rain or shine.

Scheduled participants in the Kids Fun Fair include the Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute, SEPTA Transit Police K-9 Unit and a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter. The fair will also include a moon bounce, face painting and free balloon animal gifts.

This year’s Kids Fun Fair will have a record number of over 45 exhibitors providing information and demonstrations for attendees. Federal, state and county agencies as well as non-profit organizations will be present at the fair.

This fair is a great way for families to spend time together on a spring Saturday. As in past years, we will have valuable information for local families and lots of fantastic entertainment for children.


Chair of the Economic Development Committee

 

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati has appointed me to serve as chair of the Senate’s Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee.

The Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee coordinates legislation and initiatives to spur job creation, promote tourism, protect local communities and monitor the state’s gaming industry.

This committee plays a key role in the vibrancy of Pennsylvania’s economy and communities. I am thankful to Senator Scarnati for this appointment, and I very much look forward to enhancing our state’s quality of life as the chair of the committee.

With this new appointment, I will no longer be able to serve as chair of the Senate’s Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. I will miss working on affordable housing and related topics as chair of the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, but I remain fully committed to these issues.


School Safety Grants Awarded

I am pleased to report that major school safety grants have been awarded in our area. These grants include:

  • Unionville-Chadds Ford School District – $48,400
  • Chester-Upland School District – $443,172
  • West Chester Area School District – $400,050
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit – $110,430

The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which I worked to create with my colleagues in the General Assembly in 2018.

Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.

A total of approximately $40 million was awarded for 234 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. In total, the School Safety and Security Grant Program will provide $52.5 million in school safety grants and $7.5 million in community violence prevention grants in the current fiscal year.


Brandywine River Museum of Art Grant

I worked to secure a $1.5 million grant for the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art for major improvements to its facility. The funding was released by Governor Tom Wolf through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

The grant will be used to fulfill their $13 million dollar capital improvement project, Transforming the Wyeth Experience. This wide-ranging effort, which extends beyond their main campus into adjacent historic properties, will expand the Museum’s café, address ADA accessibility issues, and reconfigure the facility’s floorplan to improve visitors’ experience.

Additional investment in the building’s systems will include HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire suppression improvements to ensure that the Museum is able to carry out its mission.

The Brandywine River Museum is a national treasure, and I am pleased this funding will enhance the experience of its visitors for decades to come.


Assistance for Veterans

I partner with the Pennsylvania American Legion every month to assist local veterans at my Brookhaven office. A representative from this organization will be helping veterans with issues on:

Date: Wednesday, May 29th

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Senator Killion’s Brookhaven Office, 4110 Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven, PA

I encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment during these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting my office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.

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