Superintendent's Blog

  • Manual alum Dr. Marquita Davis gives inspiring address at annual 365 Breakfast

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 1/9/2020 12:00:00 PM

    The Peoria Public Schools Foundation hosted its fifth annual 365 Breakfast at Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC) this week. We were particularly excited to welcome Dr. Marquita Furness Davis, a Manual High School alum and deputy director of early learning for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


    Dr. Furness-Davis spoke of her experiences at Manual High School, where she was a cheerleader and member of the student council among many other pursuits. An advocate for public education – particularly her own public education in Peoria – she told the audience that her success would not have been possible without the learning experiences offered at Peoria Public Schools. She says the Peoria district has produced highly successful professionals in a wide variety of fields, who have achieved success throughout the world.


    The 365 Breakfast encourages guests to pledge at least $1 a day to support the PPS Foundation programs. It gives Foundation president Cindy Morris and her staff the opportunity to tell the story of the wonderful work they do engaging individuals, organizations and businesses to work with Peoria Public School students. PPS Foundation programs include:


    • Classroom, Innovation, Stem and Field Experience Grants. Peoria Public School teachers and staff can apply for annual multiple grant offerings for enhanced experiences in and outside the classroom.
    • Student scholarships. The PPS Foundation provides money for college and summer camp scholarships to assist students in furthering their education and career readiness.
    • Horizons Program. For seven years now, the Horizons Club exposes students to professionals working in a wide range of careers in a weekly meeting for career and college readiness education.
    • Adopt-A-School. This 30-year program in our school district has been overseen by the PPS Foundation now for the last four years. The program has new endeavors such as the Making the Grade Conferences and the Little Free Pantries, Little Free Libraries, and expanded Snack Pack Programming.
    • Basic Need Support. The PPS Foundation provides uniform and clothing needs for all students plus emergency support for families that experience hardships and beyond.

    The breakfast also gives us a chance to showcase the outstanding talents of Woodruff Culinary Arts students who prepare a delicious breakfast for the event.


    Thank you for Dr. Davis for her presentation and to the supporters of the PPS Foundation. If you were unable to attend the breakfast and would like more information on the work of the PPS Foundation, go to or email

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  • Wraparound Center publishes quarterly newsletter

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 1/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

    The Wraparound Center recently published its first quarterly newsletter to update Peoria Public Schools staff and community members on the District's  Social, Emotional Learning (SEL) efforts and the services offered at the Wraparound Center. The Wraparound Center has been open just over a year and Director Derrick Booth, the Wraparound Center staff members and its ten partner agencies are a vital resource for all Peorians, particularly PPS students and their families.  Please take the time to download and read the newsletter.  


    Click here to download a copy of the newsletter. 

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