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JPSF opens “See Crimson” fundraising campaign:
The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation (JPSF) has opened its “See Crimson” fundraising campaign. Red donation boxes have been placed at local businesses, and the JPSF is asking for contributions to help the foundation continue its mission of supporting Jacksonville School District #117 educators and students.

Some of the special projects which the foundation offers include issuing new coats, shoes, clothing and school supplies to needy students; providing scholarships to Jacksonville High School seniors; recognizing district teachers through teacher grants to enhance learning opportunities; and supporting special education programs.

Look for red donation boxes at the following Jacksonville businesses that are generously supporting the JPSF: Ace Hardware, Jones Meat & Locker, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Pet Supplies Plus, Burger Board, Rudy’s Grill, Great Clips, Shoe Sensation and Hardee’s.

Tony Jenkins named Routt Catholic High School boys’ track coach:
Litchfield native, Tony Jenkins, has been hired as Routt Catholic High School’s new boys’ track coach. “After an extensive search, the attributes that Coach Jenkins brings to the Routt Catholic track program rose to the top,” says Athletic Director, Barry Creviston.

Jenkins is a lifelong athlete, having competed in 5 different sports while also maintaining an avid running routine outside of school. He has participated in two marathons and multiple half-marathons, and is a 5-time state medalist in the 1600m run and the 4x800m relay. He holds the 1600m run record at Litchfield High School with a time of 4:27.00. “We will build this program as a team,” said Jenkins. “We will work together to enhance the education and athletic performance of each student.” Jenkins looks forward to working hard and having some fun with the student-athletes while also preparing them to lead as respectable young men.

Jenkins and his wife, Meghan, live in Pleasant Plains with their 2 children: Lola (9) and Fenton (6).

University of Illinois new student scholarship available:
FarmHouse Fraternity offers scholarships to incoming University of Illinois students.

FarmHouse Fraternity at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is offering multiple scholarships to incoming students of all majors that will be attending the university next fall. In 2022, the Illinois Chapter awarded over $15,000 in scholarships to incoming students. In 2023, we plan to award more dependent on the pool of qualified candidates. Scholarship amounts range from $500-$4,000.

To be eligible, one must be a male student who will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for the first time during the 2023 fall semester. All majors are encouraged to apply, and applications are due April 15. If there are any questions, please reach out to

Learn more about the scholarship and apply at

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