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  • Manual Academy graduate sets gaze on giving back

    (From CINEWSNOW.COM) It's a big moment in the lives of the 2015 graduating class from Manual Academy. One student is no longer worried about the senior year grind, but now has his future on the brain. Jamanni Gibson is an Illinois State Scholar soon to attend the University of Illinois in Chicago. He's ready for change in Peoria; change he'd like to be a part of. "I think that we need something that will keep us younger kids in Peoria," said Gibson, "because it seems so many of us want to go off to Chicago or New York, Atlanta, and do great things there, but we have a great community here." He wants to major in Public Affairs and Urban Planning and Development. He's even sought an internship with the city to get a feel for the business before he heads to UIC. But these aspirations don't come from thin air. Success fuels his educational flame.

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  • Manual Assistant Principal Celebrates Upcoming Retirement

    Manual Academy's assistant principal, Cheryl Ellis, celebrated her upcoming retirement with staff, friends and family at a reception at the school's library on May 13th.  The staff gave her a standing ovation as she arrived honoring her thirty-one years of service to Peoria Public Schools.

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  • Center for Prevention of Abuse Awareness Rally

    Rachel Boudreau from The Center for Prevention and Abuse hosted a Sexual Assault Awareness Rally for Manual Academy Juniors & Seniors. The rally included a discussion on vulnerability, instincts, and bystander intervention to prevent sexual assault. The students also participated in a “In her shoes” activity where they can experience how different choices in a dating relationship could lead to a variety of outcomes. This is one of the many programs The Center of Prevention of Abuse has provided to Manual and other District 150 schools. Programs have been delivered in both large and small groups with topics like healthy relationships, social and academic skills, violence prevention, and many more. They are a valuable community partner and continue to help reinforce the idea that it takes an entire "village" to educate a student properly.

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  • Student made Adirondack chairs for sale
    The Manual Industrial Technology Department is selling Adirondack style chairs that have been constructed by students. They are $75 each. A two seat version is  being sold for $125. All proceeds go to materials for future projects. These are perfect for the porch or patio! Please contact teacher Andrew Rice with any questions or ordering information at
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