Village of Men welcome back Peoria Quest Charter Academy students for first day

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PEORIA, Ill. — “It’s really important to the kids because it shows that the entire community is behind them and they are not alone,” said Heather Oyler, Chief Development Officer for Quest Charter Academy.

Wednesday, students at Quest Charter Academy packed their backpacks and headed off to school. Some– disappointed summer is over, but many with smiling faces as they walked through the doors to start the day.

“They love running off the bus and getting their hands shaken and high fives from the people in the community because they are going to have a great school year and we are just really excited for them,” said Oyler.

Quest leaders call this – Village of Men. It’s an annual event on the first day of school where men and women line the entrance to show students the positive role models in the community who care about them. Jeff Griffin was one of those in the crowd – representing the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce.

“If you come out here and meet these Quest kids you know many of them are college bound, many of them are career bound but they are confident in their future, optimistic, and they’ve got a great energy,” said Griffin.

Many organizations in the community have one common goal- to make the education system stronger. Bradley Univeristy on board with that vision too…

“We’re building a new building and part of that will be an opportunity for these students to come to bradley and use a makers lab to make various projects,” said Lex Akers, Dean of College of Engineering and Technology and Bradley.

So with education and a sprinkle of motivation- students at Quest are ready to take on those ABCs and 123’s.

“We are very thankful for the community to be here and we are excited for a great 2019- 2020 school year!” said Oyler.

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