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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 more information.



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. 

Manito-Forest City Club



Emmanuel’s Warehouse

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.



Hopedale Medical 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 

Applications must be received in the HMC Administration office by Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm.  No email applications, please.

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 eligible.

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; Community/Extra-curricular Involvement.

Winners will be announced on or before April 16, 2021.

Questions should be directed to Becky Powell at (309) 449-4296.  Good Luck!



Midwest Central 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: 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 Closed Session.

 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 five years.

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 School Library.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 PM.






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