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From the February 11th edition of the Manito Review:   

Forman Valley Community Foundation Grant

The Forman Valley Community Foundation (FVCF) is taking grant applications for the first half of 2020.The deadline for submitting completed applications is March 1, 2020. The FVCF’s purpose is to assist projects in the fields of education, arts, health, human services, community service or community development, and community issues.  501(c)(3) organizations within the Midwest Central School District #191 may apply for a grant.  The grant applications are available at Manito Community Bank.


Pancake & Sausage Day 2020

Manito Popcorn Festival’s 2020 Pancake and Sausage Day is Saturday, February 29, 2020.  7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Midwest Central Primary School.  All you can eat whole hog sausage and pancakes.  Pre-order meat by calling 309-968-6703.


SAT Review Sessions


In the past, ICC has held an SAT review session here at the high school run by them.  Originally, that was the plan for this year but ICC cancelled it because they could not get professors to teach it.  We have been working with our math and English departments and we are going to have an SAT review session here at the high school run by our teachers.  With our teachers doing it, it will be more tailored to our students because they know what skills they need to work on.  The session dates will be as follows:

February 26th: 6 p.m. - ? (Taking a practice SAT)

March 3rd: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m (English)

March 5th: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (English)

March 10th: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Math)

March 12th: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Math)

The cost for these classes is twenty-five dollars.  We encourage prior to starting the sessions to make sure students remember how to login to their Khan Academy accounts that we created with them.  We hope you will consider enrolling your student in these review classes as to better prepare them for the SAT that will be April 14th here at the school.  Remember that April 14th is a mandatory test day and they will need to be in attendance that day.  If you are interested in your student taking the class, please make sure they sign up with Ms. Putney and get their twenty-five dollars paid. 


M.C.H.S. hosting Annual

College Night

Midwest Central High School is hosting its annual college night.  We are inviting all to come out and join us.  Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the following schools:

• Eureka College

• Western Illinois University ?

• Illinois College

• Methodist College of Nursing

• Illinois Central College

• Bradley University

• Midwest Technical Institute

• Eastern Illinois University

• Paul Mitchell The School

• University of Illinois

• University of Illinois – Chicago

• Rockford University

• Lincoln College

• Spoon River College

• Illinois State University ?

We will also have information provided on the following topics:

• College Application Process

• College Timeline

• Scholarships

• Practicing for the SAT

• Filling out FAFSA

• Student Loan Types

Our goal is to help freshmen, sophomores, and juniors start preparing as they enter their senior year, and for seniors to make sure they have everything finalized in their process and get any last minute questions answered.  We will also be providing some valuable handouts on the FAFSA process and much more.  Mark your calendars to come out and join us on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  From 6:00 to 7:30, representatives will be setup with tables to speak with students and parents.  You do not have to be a Midwest Central High School student to attend.  We encourage the attendance of students and parents from all area schools.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Natalie Putney at (309) 968-6766.  We hope to see you in attendance.


Upcoming Events!

Do you enjoy reading but sometimes have trouble finding the right book? Then stop in and go on a blind date with one of our many books. How it works: choose one of our wrapped books, check it out, take it home, unwrap it and enjoy! After you are done fill out the “rate my date” survey and return.

Come in after school on Wednesday, February 12 to make a Valentine’s Day craft. Anytime between 3:00 – 4:00 for ages 4 – 13, there will be 4 different crafts to choose from.

No school, no problem. Join us for a fun filled day with games. On Monday, February 17th from 10:00 – 4:00. We have several board games to choose from and enjoy. Snacks and drinks will be provided.


Manito Forest City Rotary Club

Senior Meal

The Manito Forest City Rotary Club will hold its monthly Senior Meal at Lee’s Family Restaurant in Manito. The lunch is Friday, February 21st, at noon. Open to anyone over 55. We request that you make a reservation by the Wednesday before the meal, for the sake of the sponsor and the restaurant. Make reservations to Lynn Coers by calling 309-840-0420, please leave a message. The meal sponsor this month is Farnam Insurance.



Join us at the next Greater Peoria Farm Forum!


Woodford and Tazewell Counties lead the state of Illinois in the number of USDA certified organic farm operations (USDA NASS, 2017 Census of Agriculture).  With this in mind, the economic potential of organic agriculture should be seriously considered in the Greater Peoria region.


But beyond crop production, harnessing the full potential of the organics industry will rely on the ability to grow a more robust regional supply chain—the businesses providing goods and services to growers, and the businesses buying and using organics in their food, fuel, and fiber products.


This FREE EVENT is a discussion with organic farming industry professionals, focused on developing a regional supply chain.  What businesses are needed both upstream and downstream from farmers?  How can we help those businesses locate and grow here in Greater Peoria?


Enjoy a free lunch over a presentation on the organic agriculture supply chain.  This will be followed by a panel discussion with farmers and other organic ag businesses and professionals.  Stick around for a Q&A with the panel and the opportunity to network with the other attendees.


GP Farm Forum: Growing a Supply Chain for Organic Agriculture

February 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Beck's Hybrids, El Paso, IL


Free Event.  Lunch Provided.  Space is Limited!

register at to reserve a seat

Full agenda and panelist details to follow!


Questions or comments about the event?  Contact:

Tory Dahlhoff

Director of Outreach & Rural Development Coordinator

309-495-5975 |



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