WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a total of $1,644,596 in grant funding to four Maine school districts and a rural health care provider through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant program. The funding will help connect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country, increasing access to health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities.
Senator Collins has a strong record of supporting education at all levels, including promoting early childhood education; improving our public school system for kindergarten through 12th grade; and working to increase the affordability of higher education. As a member of the Senate Appropriations and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees, Senator Collins will continue to work to ensure that Congress provides robust funding and targeted legislation for the most effective educational programs aimed at helping teachers and students.
Senator Collins has made engaging with Maine’s students and faculty a top priority, visiting nearly 200 schools during her time as a Senator.
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins today met with Sophia Wood of Auburn and Elise Kenney of Orono, Maine’s National Youth Correspondents who are attending the Washington Journalism and Media Conference hosted by George Mason University and the Newseum. Sophia is a rising sophomore at Edward Little High School, and Elise is a rising senior at Orono High School.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that The Opportunity Alliance will receive $2,771,947 to support its Early Head Start and Head Start programs. The grant was awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Education is awarding $1,663,407 in school improvement grant funding to the State of Maine. This funding will allow the state to award competitive subgrants to school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for funds and the strongest commitment to raising student achievement in low-performing schools.
Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with eighth grade students from Woolwich Central School during their recent visit to the nation’s capital.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King are encouraging Maine high school students to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), which has begun its statewide selection process for the program’s 55th Annual Washington Week. The USSYP brings two students from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity to Washington to experience an intensive week-long educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that five Maine organizations will receive a total of $12,905,079 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the state. The five organizations are Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care based in Lewiston, Aroostook County Action Program based in Presque Isle, Midcoast Maine Community Action based in Bath, Penquis Community Action Program Inc.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with leaders of the Maine Afterschool Network and the Maine Seacoast Mission this afternoon at an Afterschool Showcase event in Washington, D.C. During the event, Senator Collins was presented with a Superhero Cape award for her bipartisan work to reauthorize and improve the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a program that supports afterschool programs.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently met with students from the University of Maine who were enrolled in the “Washington, D.C., Leadership Institute.” The one week, immersive class gives participants the opportunity to meet with leaders in government, the military, business, non-profits, athletics, education, and the arts.
Washington, D.C. –Last night, the Senate passed a bill authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) to increase the amount of Pell Grant aid available to qualifying students who are the children of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and fire police.
The bipartisan legislation, the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, makes the child of a fallen first responder with financial need eligible for the maximum Pell Grant award.
Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke to more than 100 Brewer Community School students from five 3rd grade classrooms via video conference from her Washington, D.C., office. Senator Collins explained to students how a bill becomes a law and answered questions from students.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King released the following statement today in response to the announcement that University of New England (UNE) President Danielle Ripich plans to retire in June 2017, at which point she will have spent nearly 11 years at the helm of the University:
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins today met with students from Presque Isle Middle School, who are visiting our nation’s capital during their school vacation week.
“If I can go from the halls of Caribou High School to the Chambers of the United States Senate, you really can do anything if you work hard, follow your dreams, and never give up,” Senator Collins told the students.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King congratulated the Bangor High School Science Bowl team for advancing to the Finals of the 2016 National Science Bowl and wished them luck in the national competition, which will be held in the Washington area from April 28th – May 2nd.
Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP) was pleased to host Senator Susan Collins at ACAP Early Care and Education Center, Gouldville, on Tuesday, March 22. In addition to touring the building and learning more about the programs that are provided there, Senator Collins read to a classroom of excited children ages 3-4, and visited with toddlers in another room.
Yesterday, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King met with Julia Blackwell of Woolwich and Lexie Jamieson of Scarborough, the two Maine delegates to the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Julia and Lexie are among the 102 students from around the country who were selected for the prestigious program and are spending this week in the nation’s capital where they will have an opportunity to study the American political process first-hand.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $597,805 grant to Bowdoin College. The grant is a continuing award for a research project titled, “RUI: Cell Wall Associated Kinases As Pectin Receptors.” Bowdoin has just received $298,558 from the NSF, with the balance of the $597,805 total to follow upon renewal of the grant.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) renewed their commitment to encouraging healthy reading habits among young Americans by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating today, March 2, 2016, as “Read Across America Day.” The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Asa Adams Elementary School in Orono today and read Antlers Forever! to Ms. Angie McLaughlin’s 2nd grade students.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,950,034 grant to the University of Maine to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in rural Maine. The grant will support 22 fellowships for recent STEM graduates or current STEM professionals to further their knowledge base and become certified STEM teachers in rural, high-need Maine schools.
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch this morning on the opioid and heroin epidemic that is currently facing Maine and the country. Senator Collins raised her concerns with a “guns for drugs” trade that is a major factor in the heroin crisis as well as the Administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force. Attorney General Lynch testified at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins will visit All Saints Catholic School tomorrow to deliver remarks and join students and faculty for a Flag Retirement Ceremony that will be led by members of the St. Paul the Apostle Parish Cub Scout Pack 17. Following the ceremony, Senator Collins will read Antlers Forever! to Pre-K students. Senator Collins’ visit will be open to the press.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently met with Dr. James Dlugos, the President of Saint Joseph’s College, and Elizabeth Schran, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, in her Washington, D.C., office. Dr. Dlugos and Ms. Schran were in D.C. to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
“I am delighted to welcome Mandi to our nation’s capital,” said Senator Collins. “Mandi is a highly motivated student with an impressive record of academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. I am pleased that she will have this unique opportunity to become intimately familiar with how Congress operates.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated Kathy Welch, a school counselor at York’s Coastal Ridge Elementary School, for being named Maine’s representative to the nationwide School Counselor of the Year Program held in Washington. The program, which is organized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), honors counselors around the country who run high-quality, comprehensive school counseling programs at either the elementary, middle or high school level.
“This investment will enhance the University of Maine’s critical research that helps ensure the strength of our state’s agricultural sector,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.
“The University of Maine at Augusta provides vital educational opportunities to both first-time and non-traditional students seeking to go on and do great things."
The School Food Modernization Act, reintroduced by Senators Collins and Heitkamp last March, was successfully passed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture as part of the five-year reauthorization of the child nutrition programs. This legislation, the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, must now be considered by the full Senate.
The people of Maine, and of this country, expect the President and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to work together to improve the lives of hardworking Americans. The problems, both at home and abroad, are too important to be stymied by incivility, extremism, or hyper-partisanship.