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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Third annual Community Forum on Education will be held Monday

  • Sponsored by Sunshine Community Services Center
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  • State and local officials, school administrators and others will speak at the Sunshine Community Services Center’s third annual Community Forum on Education on Monday (Dec. 16) at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St.
    The purpose of the forum, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., is to discuss how we, as a community, can help our youth succeed, not only in education, but also in life. “There are currently programs, activities and services available in our community to help our youth, but more volunteers are needed to enhance and make them even more effective,” said Etta LaFlora, executive director of the center.
    Guests will include State Rep. Don Moffitt; Mayor Bruce Tossell; Heidi Schultz, District Director for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; Scott McFarland, Deputy Director of the Serve Illinois Commission, Office of Gov. Pat Quinn; School superintendents Dr. Chris Sullens and Shane Kazubowski; David Harris, Black Hawk College; and Marshall Jones, president of the Kewanee Area United Way Board.
    Barb Safiran, Wethersfield site coordinator for the Step Ladder Tutoring Program, will give insight into the importance of volunteering and service as a strategy to help youth improve in school and make informed decisions. “An investment of one or more hours per week can change the future of a child and impact generations to come,” said LaFlora.
    Business owners, parents and concerned citizens are invited to attend. “Businesses and organizations have a wonderful opportunity to make connections with our youth while still in school and later assist them with opportunities for employment,” said LaFlora. “A little hope and reassurance can sometimes bring out the best in a child.”  
    LaFlora invited the community to come to the forum and get information on services available to help youth as well as volunteer opportunities.  
    For more information, call the Sunshine Community Services Center at 853-7751.

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