Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that Students for Education in Pennsylvania (SEPA), a group created by student representatives of the Pennsylvania Board of Education, is seeking dedicated, passionate high school students to help elevate student voices across the commonwealth.

School administrators, please nominate two to three dedicated, passionate high school students to contribute their unique voice to the Pennsylvania Student Representative Program, which comprises geographically based groups that will meet on a regular basis to discuss education and student life.

Qualified Pennsylvania residents seeking a horizon-expanding education at Duquesne University can now receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance at the undergraduate level thanks to the university’s Pennsylvania State Grant-Matching Program.

In his first State of the Union presented earlier this month, President Biden outlined a strategy to address the national mental health crisis that has come to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic. Young people have been particularly impacted as losses from COVID-19 and disruptions in routines and relationships have led to increased social isolation, anxiety and learning loss. A study by the American Psychiatric Association found that more than half of parents express concern over their children’s mental well-being. Prior to the pandemic in 2019, one in three high school students and half of the female students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, an overall increase of 40% from 2009.

Carrie Barbour’s (1861-1942) palaeontological career began when she followed her brother, Erwin H. Barbour, to the University of Nebraska in 1893. Hired as a professor and curator, Erwin quickly realized that the University of Nebraska State Museum collections required more attention and that he needed his sister’s assistance. Both siblings had inherited a passion for natural history from their mother, Adeline Hinckley Barbour, so it was no surprise that they grew up to be palaeontologists.

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier recognized the important work of dedicated AmeriCorps members as part of national AmeriCorps Week (March 13–19) during a visit March 16 at the Olivet Boys & Girls Club in Reading, Pennsylvania. The week of celebration highlighted the commitment of millions of Americans who chose to step up and serve their communities through diverse, public-focused programs.

The return to classrooms for the nation’s schoolchildren has meant a return to work for many of their parents who, with workdays that outlast school days, are finding crucial afterschool programs in short supply. School-based providers list difficulties hiring and retaining staff as the biggest reasons they have not fully rebounded from pandemic shutdowns, and they say they are as frustrated as the parents they are turning away.

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