Sentinel Staff Reports
MAHANOY CITY - Coal Cracker Kids in Mahanoy City received a $3,000 grant for a street rain garden, the PA Department of Education announced.
The youth newspaper is among 45 recipients in the state receiving a share of $205,000 awarded in Environmental Education grants, which the state says will address "environmental justice, climate change, and water quality."
Coal Cracker Kids was the only recipient in Schuylkill County, receiving what DEP termed as a "mini-grant," for a street rain garden to "help educate [the] community."
“Supporting these projects will provide children and adults in urban, rural, and suburban communities with knowledge of the natural world, the importance of a healthy environment, and the value of environmental protection,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
The Environmental Education Grants Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside five percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania.
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