Category: Education

Funding for Hunger, Education Equity Make Gains in State Budget

As the General Assembly passed an on-time budget before recessing in late June, LAMPa celebrated a 15 percent increase in the state’s major anti-hunger programs and an extra $300 million in basic education funding, $100 million of which is targeted to the poorest schools. “Our hunger advocates did a tremendous job in sharing stories of...

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LAMPa Welcomes Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council

LAMPa is very happy to welcome Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council as a representative of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod! Donna has 42 years of experience in the development, management, monitoring and administration of family services programs for at-risk children and families. She has worked in the urban settings of Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago,...

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Level Up Announces Campaign for Education Funding

Level Up, a coalition of more than a dozen education advocacy organizations from across the commonwealth, launched a campaign on April 15th to increase state funding for the 100 most underfunded school districts in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the nation for state share of funding for K-12 education and has some of the nation’s widest...

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Pennsylvania Seminary and Synods Mark Rogation

“Lord, let me heart be good soil.” – ELW, Hymn 512  Across Pennsylvania synods and seminary campuses have been marking the season of rogation. “Rogation days” are a historic way of connecting Christian faith to soil. As the ELCA resource “What are Rogation Days?” explains, they were celebrated during the fifty days of Easter on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day. This ancient observance...

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LAMPa Staff Participate in Creation Care Events

On Thursday, April 22nd, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA IPL) hosted an Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Earth Day in Lewisburg. Larry Herrold, Jr., LAMPa’s Hunger Advocacy Fellow, attended the event with several other leaders in the central Susquehanna Valley faith community, offering prayers to mark the occasion. The event was held in conjunction with Lewisburg Neighborhoods and the CommUnityZone.   The intimate...

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New Data Reveals Extent of Students Experiencing Homelessness

More and more of Pennsylvania’s school-age children were experiencing homelessness even before the pandemic, according to a newly released report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The study accumulates the locally reported totals of homeless children under five and those enrolled in pre-K through twelfth grade across eight regions of the commonwealth. The total for...

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New Applications are LIVE for Lutheran Volunteer Corps

The Application is LIVE for Volunteering: Next Round, April 15! The first group of Lutheran Volunteer Corps applicants jumped into the Placement interviewing process this month. Sign up, or forward the application to prospective Volunteers you know. And remember, service is not just for college grads, and you need not have had college at all. Over...

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New PASA Report Details Soil Health on PA Farms

Luke 8: 15 : 15 But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.  The health of the soil is a central theme in the Gospel, especially reflected in Jesus’s parables. These land-oriented passages convey their...

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New Report Reveals Extent of Microplastic Pollution in PA Waterways

Plastic pollution is everywhere. A report released today by PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center found that in the 53 Pennsylvania waterways tested, covering the entirety of the commonwealth, all of them returned evidence of microplastic pollution. These findings underscore the severity of the plastic crisis in our communities and ecosystems.   The sampling of Pennsylvania’s waterways was broad in scope, testing...

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PA Department of Agriculture Urban Agriculture Grants Available

On February 26th Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the opening of the 2020-21 PA Farm Bill’s $500,000 Urban Agriculture Grant Program to address food deserts in urban areas through the expansion of agricultural infrastructure. The program has the added intention of creating opportunities for hands-on learning and community building through the shared...

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