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PPS awarded $2.5 million federal grant

Peoria Public Schools is thrilled to announce that the school district has been awarded a $2.5 million Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant for Harrison Community Learning Center and Roosevelt Magnet School.


The federal Department of Education grant provides support to students during the school day and activities for after school. The purpose of the FSCS competitive grant is to provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children.


Specifically, Harrison and Roosevelt will receive additional academic tutoring money, support to provide academic acceleration (advanced courses), social-emotional counseling, physical fitness and wellness activities, and mentoring for students. For both students and parents, financial literacy classes will be provided as well as opportunities to explore Peoria. Adult Literacy and Early Childhood classes will also be offered to adults. Additionally, each school will have access to a liaison to help families get to services at the wraparound center or other agencies.


“We believe that learning happens at all times of the day, and by extending the school day through this grant, we can provide rich experiences for an even longer period of time beyond the school day,” said Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, Superintendent of Schools. “When we connect to community and immerse our families in the many resources and attributes our city offers, we will open doors of opportunity by helping students set goals for their future. This grant focuses not only on our children, but also our families and community.”


Peoria Public Schools wants to thank our many partners in this endeavor as we provide more meaningful opportunities for our students.