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Work moves forward on "Alignment Peoria", Peoria Public Schools initiative

PEORIA, Ill. - Work is moving forward on a new Peoria Public Schools program, Alignment Peoria.

The school district will create 2 centers, a trauma recovery and wraparound services center, to be housed at Trewyn Middle School and Manual High School.

The centers will serve victims of crime and address other issues in Peoria's area of greatest need, the 61605 zip code.

The idea is to provide a one-stop shop to access resources and will be open to the entire community.

The goal is to increase the district's 69% graduation rate and build a healthier, more hopeful community.

Marcia Bolden has been named Executive Director of Alignment Peoria.

"Alignment will serve as a conduit to really gather community resources and partners to support students really to improve their quality of life, but also offer resources and assistance to families to improve our community, as well." Bolden says.

Dozens of non-profit organizations, hospitals, churches, and other community stakeholders are already on board. 

"Together we can be better and so we're not turning down help. We need everybody. It is our community. So we're asking for volunteers, whatever services or expertise that you can give or, perhaps, it's your time, your talent, your treasure, we're inviting you to the table." Bolden explains.

The centers are set to open in August.

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