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Wraparound initiative project on the way to support Peoria Public Schools

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Centergy Project coming to Peoria Public Schools Centergy Project coming to Peoria Public Schools

Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- Students and teachers inside Peoria Public Schools are struggling this week with the news that one of their community was claimed by gunfire.
Trayvon Harris was just 16-years-old when he was fatally shot Sunday afternoon.

For two days administrators, city officials and local organizations have been working on a plan to improve the lives of their students.
This is all being done with the help of the Centergy Project - a student initiative.

This program offers therapeutic support, counseling services, even court and probation services through schools. Director of Social and Emotional Learning for Peoria Public Schools, Derrick Booth, says this program isn't in direct response to the violence over the weekend, but it comes at an important time.

"One of the things we want to do is, for wraparound services, is not just touch the students... but we want to get into the homes and provide support for the families and that's where the true change is going to take place", said Booth.

He says their biggest mission is to provide opportunities and hope for students to change their circumstance, whether it's trauma, poverty, or beyond. They surveyed students and hope to tackle those issues with the new services. Some of those topics included depression, gang resistance, and family relationships.

As for implementing the Centergy Project, Booth says they're not sure which schools will see it or when.

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