Under Pennsylvania’s Educational Incentive Tax Credit Program (EITC), the WLT offers nature-oriented workshops free of charge to participating Westmoreland County public schools, to the extent that funding permits. The WLT’s Education Partner, Dr. Paula Purnell, has developed workshops: Earthworm Wonders, Microgreen Gardeners, and Feathered Friends.
Video and online Earthworm Wonders and Microgreen Gardeners materials are also available to public school teachers for remote use free of charge (to the extent that funding permits).
For your school district to participate, a letter of support from your superintendent is required. Once the WLT receives that letter, teachers may request a workshop for their class(es).
Westmoreland County school districts that have currently authorized use of the workshops are:
City of Jeannette
City of Monessen
Mount Pleasant Area
Earthworm Wonders and Microgreen Gardeners materials for remote instruction include a video narrated presentation and supplemental materials. Teachers’ and students’ responses to the workshops – whether in-class or online – are uniformly positive and enthusiastic.
For businesses, the WLT’s EITC program is an excellent way to support delivery of high-quality educational workshops to Westmoreland County schools. A business may apply for generous tax credits (90% for a 2-year commitment, 75% for a 1-year commitment, up to $750,000 annually) for commitments to the program. Tax credits are offered each year to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis; for this reason it is essential that renewing applicants apply right on May 15* and renewing applicants on July 1*. *If May 15 or July 1 fall on a weekend day, then the first business day thereafter. More information is available online.
Many thanks to these generous supporters of WLT’s programs under the PA Educational Incentive Tax Credit program:
Gurrentz International Corporation
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.