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Week of March 20, 2017

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  • Careers. hair show, car show at WCTC April 1

    Come to the Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC) Career Expo and Hair Show, Saturday, April 1. Get a close-up look at WCTC's outstanding career and technical education programs for Peoria Public School high school students including construction trades, auto body, barbering, cosmetology, hair braiding, law enforcement, fire science, EMR/EMT, Culinary Arts and Health Occupations.

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  • School board considers changes in graduation requirements

    The Peoria Public School Board of Education is considering significant changes to students’ high school experience designed to achieve the first Pillar of the District Strategic Plan, Our Path to 2020.

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  • Breakfast with Pete the Cat to include sing-a-long, story time

    Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center welcomes Pete the Cat at a fundraising breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 25 at HyVee at Grand Prairie. Kids will eat free with an adult purchase of $9.99 plus enjoy story time and a sing-a-long with Pete the Cat.

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  • Low-vision students receive special exam, devices

    Approximately 50 Peoria Public School students are legally blind, with vision that cannot be connected to normal ranges with typical eyeglasses. Recently an optometrist specializing in low-vision patients visited Sterling Middle School to perform eye exams for low-vision students. As part of the Seeing is Believing program of the Spectrios Insititue for Low Vision based in Wheaton IL, Dr. Mary Jordan, a low-vision specialist, gave students exams. Based on the results, students received glasses, a near magnifier, a distance monocular, glasses for sun and other devices. The exam and corrective devices are provided free of charge through the Seeing is Believing program.

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  • #hiphopEd course combines poetry, music production to Manual Academy

    7th and 8th graders at Manual Academy are being given a new educational opportunity this year, allowing them to participate in a nine-week #hiphopEd course exploring and celebrating the fundamental elements of hip-hop music and culture. The course gives students who are not involved in band, choir or art a chance to explore spoken word, poetry and music production.

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  • RHS students attend conference for Save the Children efforts

    Sophia Johnston and Ameena Patel, coordinators of the Richwoods High School Save the Children Action Network (MSCAN) chapter are traveling to Washington D.C. to be recognized for organizing the school's recent Syria Night to raise donations for MSCAN's work with Syrian refugees in refugee camps are traveling to Washington D.C. to be recognized for their efforts.

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  • Solve Peoria's most pressing issue: Alpha Phi Alpha essay contest

    What is the Peoria community's most pressing issue and how would you propose to resolve this issue? The Golden Torch Foundation and the men of the Peoria Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. announces its annual essay contest for high school students. The contest awards academic achievement while promoting elevated thought on social, intellectual and economic issues in our every day lives.

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  • Richwoods organizes Habitat for Humanity chapter

    Nearly 40 Richwoods High School students are organizing an RHS chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The RHS chapter is only the fourth high school chapter in Illinois and the only chapter downstate. Habitat for Humanity high school chapters help set up volunteer opportunities, educate their school and community about issues related to housing, advocate for affordable housing, assist in fundraising, volunteer at the ReStore, volunteer in housing construction, rehab and neighborhood revitalization efforts. The chapter is coordinated by teacher Kathy Morton.

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  • Richwoods, Manual solar panels to cut energy costs

    A law signed by Governor Bruce Rauner in December 2016 makes installing solar panels on Peoria Public School buildings enormously cost-effective and will provide students exposure to the job-creating renewable energy industry.

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  • Morton Square Soccer program seeks volunteers, coaches

    First United Methodist Church is seeking coaches for its Summer Morton Square Soccer program. Now in its 18th year, the 10-week program meets on Tuesdays and draws over 200 children and their families and friends. This all-volunteer effort provides children with soccer, a weekly bible verse, snacks and a loving environment.

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  • Kindergarten Transition Fair, April 22

    If your student will be entering kindergarten in August 2017, don't miss the Kindergarten Transition Fair, Saturday April 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC), 1800 N.E. Perry.

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  • Lincoln student's balsamic chicken wins Future Chef

    Lincoln K-8 students Kiya Cannon’s Balsamic Chicken and Fruit Kabobs won the Gold Medal at the 2017 Peoria Public Schools Future Chefs competition, held Saturday, March 11 at Lincoln K-8. The Silver Medal went to Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies prepared by Rolling Acres Middle School Leah Womer and the top-scoring bronze medal went to Belen Sprague of Mark Bills Middle School for her Beef Taco recipe. The theme for this year’s Future Chef competition was Healthy Comfort Food.

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  • Hiring events for job-hunting teens

    Goodwill is hosting two events to help job-hunting teens and young adults. A resume workshop on Wednesday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. will help job-hunters write a resume and prepare for job interviews.

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  • 6099 Round Table meets hidden needs of Peoria Public School families

    When Peoria Public School members of The Peoria Federation of Support Staff Local 6099 met to develop a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) project, they initially planned to focus on food insecurity. They quickly learned, however, that an equally serious but often hidden problem affecting many Peoria Public School families involves the lack of hygiene and household projects and clothing items such as socks and underwear.

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  • East Bluff offers Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhood events to public

    Several organizations are teaming up to offer Family support to help children manage their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities will take place on March 27 and April 3 at Glen Oak Christian, starting at 5:00 p.m. Free child care and food will be available.

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  • Peoria Public Schools offers free open enrollment summer school for all grade levels

    The Peoria Public Schools will offer summer school Monday - Thursday for all grade levels through much of June and July this summer. Each program will feature academic instruction from 8:45 a.m. until noon, recreational activities from 12:30 until 4 p.m., and will serve free breakfast and lunch. The programs are free of charge for District students and, with the exception of the accelerated algebra program for students currently in grade seven, there are no enrollment limits. Students must participate in the morning academic portion to be eligible for the afternoon recreational activities. Programs will primarily be held at Glen Oak Community Learning Center, Harrison Community Learning Center and Thomas Jefferson Primary School. High school credit recovery programs will be held at Peoria High School and the Knoxville Center for Student Success.

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  • Carver Center offers free SAT prep class

    Carver Center, 710 W Percy Baker Jr Ave., is offering free SAT prep classes every Tuesday from 3 - 5 p.m. Students attending have already seen improvements from one practice test to the next. There is currently space available.For more information call: (309) 839-0722.

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  • STEM bootcamp for high school girls includes experiments, career info, mentoring

    Young women in grades 9 – 12 can learn about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at a bootcamp hosted by the Central Illinois chapter of The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the University of Illinois Extension. The intensive bootcamp will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Olin Hall at Bradley University. Cost for the bootcamp is just $5 and includes lunch, a snack and supplies.

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