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Harrisburg, July 13, 2016 – The Luzerne County Legislative Delegation today announced that the new state budget invests $400,000 in state funding in the SHINE After School Program of Luzerne County at Wilkes University.

Luzerne County SHINE is an evidence based, data driven program dedicated to improving academic performance, empowering families and developing a 21st century workforce. Luzerne County SHINE is modeled off of the successful SHINE program in Carbon and Schuylkill counties. SHINE After School Program of Luzerne County at Wilkes University was spearheaded by State Senator John Yudichak and Congressman Lou Barletta who have worked together to secure $3 million in federal, state and private funding to support the Luzerne County SHINE program.

“I appreciate the support of my legislative colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, who see the value of the SHINE after school program in our local school districts and who understand that an investment in our children is an investment in a better Luzerne County,” said state Senator John Yudichak.

The county’s legislative delegation includes: Senators John Yudichak, John Gordner, Lisa Baker and John Blake; and Representatives Aaron Kaufer,Gerald Mullery, Eddie Day Pashinski, Tarah Toohil, Michael Carroll and Karen Boback.

“I am thrilled that the Luzerne County Shine program is receiving $400,000 in state funding. We are truly grateful to the Luzerne County Legislative Delegation for all their collective efforts in securing this funding for the children of Luzerne County. This program is making a difference and will continue to make a difference in our schools. These additional funds will allow the program to grow and have greater impact on our students and their communities,” said Tony Grieco, executive director of the Luzerne Intermediate Unit.

Luzerne County SHINE currently operates educational centers in five school districts including: Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Nanticoke, Wyoming Valley West and Hanover.

Wilkes University serves as the educational host for SHINE of Luzerne County and provides administrative and educational support services for the program.

“I am so grateful to the legislature for seeing the value that the SHINE after school program brings to the children of our region. This investment in our children’s future will allow us to continue the work we have only just begun. This commitment to the program will allow us to provide academic enrichment for our children, allowing them to build a stronger academic foundation, and preparing them for the careers of the future,” said Carol Nicholas, director, SHINE of Luzerne County at Wilkes University.

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