Eco-columns, self-sustaining ecosystems created by students, line the window sill in Julie Craghead’s fifth grade class. The students created the eco-columns from plastic liter soda bottles. In the top third of each column, grass or radishes are planted in soil. As the roots grow downward, they are allowed to grow into the bottom two-thirds of the column. The bottom of each column is home to a guppy and a snail or two. Eventually meal worms, earthworms or crickets will be introduced to the grassy top portion of the columns and make their home. All parts of the column – the plants, guppy, snails and worms – feed and support each other.
On Tuesday, November 8, Peoria county voters will consider whether to support The Peoria County School Facilities Sales Tax. If approved by voters, the ½% sales tax would generate $9 million annually to be shared among all Peoria County public school districts, based on enrollment. The Peoria Public Schools would receive approximately $4.2 million annually. The revenue is to be used specifically for school building improvements. The Peoria Public Schools building and grounds staff has assessed the needs of each building in the District.