Local religious movement donates books to Peoria students

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PEORIA, Ill. — Church Women United – Illinois is donating two year’s worth of books and supplies to support Peoria students taking part in the 2019-20 D2 program.

The new program, launching this fall, is a partnership between Illinois Central College and Peoria Public Schools that offers 20 qualified high school juniors the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associates degree at the same time.

Come graduation, the students entire education will be paid for.

“We are going to continue to find innovative ways because the one size does not fit all, and then guide them along, so I am very excited about the possibilities,” PPS Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said.

High-performing PPS students were selected to enter the program this fall.

“Church Women United – Illinois is proud to support the youth of Peoria with an innovative initiative that aligns so well with our organization’s own belief that every child has the right to a quality education,” said Church Women United National President Patti Polk.

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