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Back 2 School Illinois Launches “We Appreciate Teachers” Statewide Contest to Celebrate & Support Educators During COVID-19

Fifteen Winning Illinois Teachers Will Receive Free School Supplies for their Students Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI), a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides tens of thousands of deserving kids from low-income families with free school supplies each year to help them succeed in the classroom, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2022 We Appreciate…

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Hardin County Independent wins two awards in 2021 SIEA Better Newspaper Contest

    2021 Christmas photo of sisters, Heather Rash and Jennifer Rash Lane, who run the Independent. Heather and Jennifer are daughters of former editor/publisher Julia Hurford Farley and granddaughters of former editor/publisher Noel E. Hurford and wife Betty. — Desi McBee photo. By Jennifer Lane Editor/Publisher In March 2021, I entered the Hardin County…

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New school safety initiative launched, Safe2Help Illinois

24/7 program encourages students to confidentially share school safety concerns As part of America’s Safe Schools Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of school safety, Governor JB Pritzker is announcing the launch of a new statewide school safety initiative called Safe2Help Illinois. “I directed my administration to launch a statewide school violence prevention help…

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Masks mandated indoors in Illinois; vaccines required for teachers, health care workers

  State warns of decreasing intensive care bed capacity amid latest surge   By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois   8-26-21 The statewide mask mandate indoors is back, and educators and health care professionals will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday amid an ongoing surge in the pandemic…

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Hardin County Schools receive millions in funds from ESSER as part of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Published in the Hardin County Independent August 19, 2021. Superintendent Edmondson shares how the money has been and will be spent In 2020 and 2021, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided a total of nearly $190.5 billion to the Elementary and Secondary…

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