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Friday, November 17th is Illinois Rural and Small School Day!

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools is proud to announce that Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed Friday, November 17, 2017 as Illinois Rural and Small School Day. The Governor has issued this proclamation to generate awareness of the vital roles rural and small schools play in the development of the State of Illinois.

Along with its partners, SIU-Carbondale, Western Illinois University, First Midstate, Inc.and Baysinger Architects, AIRSS has worked in collaboration to help develop, promote and create not just this important day , but an ongoing recognition of our Illinois rural and small schools.

“A strong rural presence makes for a stronger Illinois”, said David Ardrey, Executive Director of AIRSS. “Our small and rural schools and communities play an important role not only in education, but in the economic health and vitality of our rural communities. The strength of our rural schools is the strength of our rural communities, and the stronger the rural community the stronger the rural school”, Ardrey said.

Please go to this link for downloadable copies of the proclamation and poster for Illinois Rural and Small School Day. Copies of the poster will also be at the Baysinger Architects booth 1006 at the Triple I Conference this Friday and Saturday.

David M. Ardrey
Executive Director
Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools

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