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Program helps parents with school supplies

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 In Central Illinois many school districts have students who are from low income families or households living below the poverty level.  But one  partnership is giving some of those parents a break when it comes to buying supplies. 

OSF St. Francis Medical Center's Care-A-Van delivered school supplies to Harrison Learning Center in Peoria on Friday. 
It teamed up with the hospital's mission services department to make the deliveries.

"To help our mission partner and inspire them also in their services and give out to the community and help out children especially," said O.S.F. Sister Teresa Paul

After leaving Harrison the Care-A-Van stopped by  Calvin Coolidge and Pleasant Hill Schools  .  Backpacks, notebooks, and pencils filled the boxes.  

"We have about 80 percent of our kids that come from low income households and so yes, we absolutely need to provide those school supplies for them and just basic necessities sometime.  so we want to be able to know that we can give that back to our families in need," said Pleasant Hill School Principal Lisa Weaver.

Many students had supplies when school started about a month ago.   But the principal says they usually run out before the year's over, making the materials a big help.

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