Philadelphia, PA - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega was joined by School District of Philadelphia superintendent Dr. William Hite, principal Antoinette Powell, and other school administrators at Lamberton Elementary to highlight safe in-person learning by reading to second grade students and visiting a digital literacy class to engage with STEM students.
“As communities across the commonwealth continue to navigate the school year and prepare for cooler weather and the holiday season, we must work together to create healthy and safe conditions for our students, teachers, and staff now and in the future,” said Sec. Dr. Ortega. “We know that to keep students learning in the classroom, we have to use all of the resources at our disposal to ensure that they stay healthy, and the COVID-19 vaccine is just one more tool in our toolbox.”
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During the visit, Secretary Ortega read to second grade students and reminded them of the importance of proper hygiene in the classroom and their communities through proper handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, masking when able, and getting vaccinated.
Secretary Ortega also met students in the digital literacy classroom while they were learning robotics. The Secretary and school administrators gained a hands-on learning experience alongside the students.
Investing in science and technology education is a priority for Gov. Wolf. Since 2018, the governor has secured $80 million and strategically invested in education and workforce development through PAsmart. These grants support high-quality STEM and computer science learning and professional development opportunities to communities across Pennsylvania, including within early learning centers, libraries, out-of-school time providers, career and technical centers, post-secondary institutions, and K-12 schools.
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