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Governor announces $32.8 million
in federal grants for K-3 reading

[SEPT. 10, 2002]  CHICAGO — Gov. George Ryan announced Friday that the federal Department of Education will award the state of Illinois nearly $33 million in grants to help schools and school districts improve children’s reading achievement at the K-3 levels as well as to fund professional development programs for educators.

This funding, awarded by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, is the first part of a multiyear Reading First grant designed to implement scientifically proven methods of instruction to help improve the reading achievement levels of children. Reading First was passed by Congress under the “No Child Left Behind Act” of 2001.

“We all know that the ability to read proficiently is a basic skill everyone should have. This starts with children at the youngest age,” Gov. Ryan said. “Lura Lynn and I have always believed in this idea through the Illinois Reads program and Futures for Kids. This grant will help brighten the futures of Illinois’ most needy children.”

The Illinois State Board of Education has identified 54 school districts, based on poverty level and test scores, that are eligible to receive portions of the Reading First grant. The geographic spread of eligible school districts ranges from the Chicago Public Schools to the Rock Island School District to school districts at the southern tip of Illinois.

School districts that receive grant funding will use the monies to purchase materials and provide assessments that have been scientifically researched and proven by the National Reading Panel to raise children’s reading achievement by teaching fundamental skills children need to learn to read proficiently.

[Illinois Government News Network
press release]

Thank You

To Lincoln Developmental Center employees:

The Lincoln Parents' Association would like to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent care you have given our loved ones over the years. You chose to make a career in caring for the most fragile of individuals with disabilities. For this, we are most grateful. 

The stress of this past year has been almost unbearable for you and for us. In spite of poor management, politics and constant scrutiny, you have maintained your excellent level of care. There are not enough words to express our thanks.

Members of the
Lincoln Parents' Association

lllinois Early Learning Project on the Web

[SEPT. 4, 2002]  On the Internet, the Illinois Early Learning Project site provides evidence-based, reliable information for parents, caregivers and teachers of young children in Illinois. The address is  http://www.illinoisearlylearning.org/.

The site offers printable "Tip Sheets" for caregivers and parents, "Frequently Asked Questions" (and their responses), a statewide calendar of events for parents and caregivers, an easy-to-use database of links to the best of the Web on topics of high interest, and online chats.

The site became publicly accessible in November 2001.

[News release]

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(Milk served with all meals)

Monday, Sept. 16 — Cereal, doughnut holes, juice

Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Sausage and gravy bagel, fruit

Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Cereal, toast with jelly, juice

Thursday, Sept. 19 — Oatmeal, toast, fruit

Friday, Sept. 20 — Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice


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(Milk served with all meals)

Monday, Sept. 16 — Corn dogs, green beans, celery sticks, pears

Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Salisbury steak, corn, bread and butter, fruit cocktail

Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Turkey roast, whipped potatoes, biscuit with butter, strawberry applesauce

Thursday, Sept. 19 — Sloppy joes, cole slaw, french fries, peaches

Friday, Sept. 20 — French toast sticks with syrup, sausage links, hash brown, pineapple and oranges

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