From the February 2nd edition of the Manito Review:
Coats for Kids
Winter is here and once again, we are asking for your help, with
outgrown coats, hats and gloves in sizes small, medium, large
and x-large. The need is always there. We appreciate any and all
donations. Articles may be dropped off at 202 E. Glendale,
Manito or call Charlene Nall at 309/968-7972 or 309/202-2105 for
Rotary Consignment Sale Canceled
We regret that the 65th Annual Manito-Forest City Rotary
Consignment Sale will not happen this year. We pray it will
happen next year on the first Saturday of March. We typically
have over 900 buyer numbers given out each year. An official
attendance has never been counted or tried to count. We have
had auctioneers and clerks who have donated their time for over
40 years. We have some that are second generation auctioneers
and clerks. The Rotary Club has used this fund raiser to support
our local communities and other world health causes. Our funds
have supported at least 10 high school organizations, boy
scouts, cub scouts and girl scouts, local church groups, other
local service organization activities (Fire and Ambulance, Jr.
Women’s, Emmanuel’s Warehouse, American Legion, Snow buddies,
Project Kids and more). Our annual budget is typically $15 -
$22,000. We have given out $29,000 in scholarships to Midwest
Central graduates in the last five years. This year we bought
$4,500 worth of gift certificates from our local businesses to
give away to the community. With the help of sponsors, we have
a monthly senior meal that has an average of 30+ participants.
The Rotary motto is - Service above Self. We are contemplating
a more virus safe fund raiser for this year.
Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be
serving on Saturday, February 13th. Please note that Emmanuel’s
Warehouse has a NEW LOCATION (108 N. Adams Street, Manito, IL).
The times are by appointment only, call 309-267-6185 (Heather
Williams) to make your appointment.
Be sure to have your license (ID card or even bill with your
name and address) to confirm your name and address.
Remember no proxies unless approved. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for
those in need in the Midwest Central communities.
Please call Heather
Williams at (309) 267-6185 for any needed information.
Forman Valley Community Foundation Grant
The Forman Valley Community Foundation (FVCF) is taking grant
applications for the first half of 2021. The deadline for
submitting completed applications is March 1, 2021. 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 boundaries may
apply for a grant. The grant applications are available at
Manito Community Bank.
Foundation Seeking Scholarship Applications
Hopedale Medical Foundation is again accepting applications from
high school seniors and college freshmen for its Spring 2021
Scholarship Awards. The Foundation has awarded over $560,000 in
scholarships to area students since 1980.
All public High School Seniors, College Freshmen, and Private
and Home-Schooled Seniors whose permanent residence has been
within the following school districts for a minimum of one year
prior to application are eligible: Olympia, Tremont, Delavan,
Hartsburg/Emden, Deer Creek/Mackinaw and Midwest Central.
Applications may be picked up at your high school counselor’s
office or at the HMC Administration building located at 107
Tremont Street in Hopedale. Applications are also available
online at www.hopedalemc.com.
Applications must be received in the HMC Administration office
by Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm. No email
The following scholarships will be awarded in 2021:
1. $3,000 Founder’s (Healthcare) Scholarship.
2. $1,000 Neil Alford, Jr. Agricultural Scholarship.
3. $1,000 Phyllis Martin Nursing Scholarship.
4. $1,000 Orville Augsburger/Dorene Oehler Scholarship.
5. $1,000 David Eckhardt Scholarship.
6. $2,000 John Rossi Memorial Nursing Scholarship (may be
awarded separate from or in addition to above winners).
7. $2,000 Donna Bitner Springer Nursing Scholarship (new).
All students entering the healthcare or agricultural fields are
Applications are judged by an independent panel of judges who
will review the applicants’: ACT/SAT Scores; Financial Need-
(OPTIONAL); Class Standing; Counselor’s Recommendation;
Applicant’s Narrative; Other Favorable Recommendations;
Winners will be announced on or before April 16, 2021.
Questions should be directed to Becky Powell at (309) 449-4296.
Screening: Children Ages Three through Five
Midwest Central School District #191 will conduct a free
screening will be Thursday, February 18th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm
for children 3-5 years old who reside in the Midwest Central
School District. The screening will be held at the Primary
School in Manito. We are currently looking to fill our Preschool
for All Classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year. Our program is
free for students who reside in the Midwest Central School
District. Please call Jayne Wood at 309.968.6464 or e-mail at:
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Midwest Central CUSD
#191 Board of Education Meeting Report
The Regular meeting was called to order at 6:36 PM on Thursday,
January 21, 2021 with the following members present: Sledge,
Beebe, Friedrich, Berg, Dierker, and Zaayenga.
The Board approved: Treasurer’s Report; payment of bills; open
meeting minutes from December 17, 2020; destruction of verbatim
records (audio tape) of the closed session of June 20, 2019 and
July 18, 2019; authorized the Superintendent to prepare a
tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2022 and post it as required by
law; the Power Purchase Agreement with Hawk-Attollo and
authorize the Superintendent to enter into the Power Purchase
Agreement.; maternity leave for Shali Ashlaw; MOU with the MCEA;
closed session minutes of December 17, 2020; and adopting the
Resolution Regarding Semi-Annual review of Meetings Conducted in
Ms. Fancher reported - Spelling Bee was held on January 15;
after school program for returning students is going well.
Ms. Timm reported - Quarantine numbers have been low recently;
spelling bee coming up for 4th and 5th graders; partnering with
the PTO to do a building wide book read.
Ms. Taft reported - PBIS is currently working on a mentoring
program for defiant and physically aggressive students;
presented the Special Education Historical review for the last
Mr. Norris reported - Middle School volleyball can compete with
teams within their region - first match slated for February 1st;
HS volleyball season will start on February 15th; basketball is
not able to compete at this time but are allowed to scrimmage
against each other due to being a high risk sport; all high
school out of season teams can have contact days starting
January 25th; cheer can do floor work and sideline work without
stunting; capacity in the gyms are 21 at Middle School and 50
for High School.
Mr. Blair reported - Held Spirit Week the week of January 11th
in place of Homecoming; raised $980 for Emmanuel’s Warehouse
through Penny Wars.
Val VanEtten presented the Transportation Report.
The next meeting is on February 4, 2021 (6:30 PM) at the High
The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 PM.