Student-run AppsCo gains a clientel, and raises money for Peoria Public Schools

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Peoria Public School students are getting paid to help businesses go mobile. The best part? Profits made from the businesses all go back to the district.

The non-profit just finished their first big client, Mt. Hawley Country Club.

They are already creating their next app for the Peoria Riverfront Museum. During the school year around 30 sophomores and juniors make and maintain the apps, with guidance by professionals in the community. When they’re not in school, about half of the students continue to maintain the app, getting paid to do so. The founder of AppsCo believes this program is one of a kind.

“I’ve looked all across the US and have not found one, not one single one, that is run by students, for the profit of the school district formed in this manner. And I really feel and I know a lot of the board members also feel, that we can make this a first in the nation program out of Peoria.”

Khazzam said their goal is to raise $100,000 a year for the district. They’re also in the process of making the program an everyday class for students.

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