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Albright College Receives Grant to Combat Underage, Dangerous Drinking

July 20, 2017

Reading, Pa. – Albright College has received a nearly $40,000 state grant to support and expand its efforts to combat underage and dangerous drinking.

The grant, from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), will support a multi-pronged effort that includes educational and training programs, additional patrols, new equipment and community outreach.

The two-year, $38,386 grant will help fund continuing peer education programming, as well as training for Albright resident assistants, and enable a representative of Albright’s Public Safety Office to attend the PLCB’s annual alcohol education conference.

The grant will also fund additional surveillance cameras around the new Rockland Hall, which opens this fall at Rockland and 13th streets, as well as additional weekend patrols of campus by Reading Police. Public Safety officers train and work closely with Reading PD and other agencies to prevent alcohol misuse, and Reading PD has been supplementing College patrols since 2011. The grant will also provide support for Reading PD’s National Night Out event on Aug. 1, as well as “neighborhood town and gown” meetings between College officials and local residents.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board through this grant,” said Gina Crance, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “Albright College has been working for many years to educate students, develop prevention programs and improve relationships with our campus neighbors. The financial support from PCLB helps us do all of this work and has allowed us to take that work to the next level.”

Albright is one of 66 schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to receive a portion of the nearly $2.3 million allocated through the PLCB’s 2017-19 Alcohol Education Grant Program. The maximum award for each two-year grant is $40,000.

Albright received a similar grant from the PLCB in 2015.

The PLCB works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees.