IMPACT NEWSLETTER

June 2022 Updated
We were recently made aware of information in our June 2022 e-newsletter that was part of our "Take 5" section on the Esports Complex that was not accurate and would like to provide the correct information. We sincerely apology for this error and any inconvenience that it has caused.

Peoria Public Schools has not chosen to move away from supporting computer labs. The district has on order computers and graphic cards that have been held up in supply chain issues and plans to add these to HS Esports programs. The choice to use the Esports Complex was determined to provide students with equipment that could run at competition speeds because supply chain issues held up technical hardware needed to install at the high schools. Currently, the district does have Esports occurring in many buildings on current computers. New equipment is expected to be in installed by fall of the new school year. 
We recently talked with PPS Foundation Board Member, and our current Board Treasurer, Alex Elger and are excited to share his answers to a few of our questions! Alex was born and raised in Peoria. He attended St. Philomena, Father Sweeny Elementary School, Washington Gifted Middle School and was a graduate of the IB Program at Richwoods High School. He works as a financial advisor providing investment advice and retirement planning at Wells Fargo. Alex and his wife, Megan, have two daughters. Thanks for talking with us, Alex!

So what do you like best about living in Peoria?

Peoria is the best of both worlds combining amenities of living in a big city with the community of a small town. As someone who runs late to everything, I love that you can be anywhere in town within 10 minutes. But more importantly, the city feels like one big family. Every time you meet someone new, you always seem to have a friend in common with them and it’s one of the only places in the world where people just wave at their neighbors as they drive by without even knowing them.

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which ones would you pick?

Impossible question to answer as I currently have over 300 apps on my phone. As a financial advisor, I always need access to my stock app. As owner of Peoria Esports Complex, we utilize Facebook to manage our business and advertise our upcoming tournaments. And as a parent and a gamer, I’ve given up PC gaming in favor of mobile gaming so I’d have to keep at least one game to pass the time.

If you could snap your fingers and immediately learn to do anything, what would it be?

Computer coding. In the next 20 years, computer coding will be the most important foreign language and anyone who knows how to do it at a high level will have their choice of high paying career.

Do you have a favorite band or concert you’ve been to?

I’m a weird blend of liking both rap and county and had the most fun when Ludacris was at Tailgate and Tallboys. Hit after hit with country music before and after. Louisville Slugger did an awesome job with the concert.

What is your favorite meal or restaurant in Peoria?

My namesake, Alexander’s Steak House, has my favorite steak in Peoria with their teriyaki top sirloin steak. I highly recommend trying it, but warn you you’ll never want eat steak again if it’s not there. I also love Sugar’s BBQ Chicken Pizza and think it’s a must try for anyone!

Alex is also the owner of the Peoria Esports Complex, please see statement above about Peoria Public Schools and the Peoria Esports Complex.

Thank you to Alex for chatting with us! We love his dedication to Peoria Public Schools and all that he contributes to our organization.
President's Message
Check out the message below from PPS Foundation President, Cindy Morris!
WE TAKE ONLINE DONATIONS!
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There's still time to register for our Annual Golf Outing!
NEW THIS YEAR - 9 Holes in the morning OR 18 holes in the afternoon!

We are looking forward to another fun year of golfing to support Peoria Public Schools. Click the button below for more information or to register your team today!
Mark your Calendar for these Important PPS Foundation Dates for the 2022-2023 School Year!

Monday, August 1, 2022
CFCI & PPS Foundation Classroom Grant Applications Available

Saturday, October 1, 2022
CFCI & PPS Foundation Classroom Grant Applications Due

Saturday, October 15, 2022
Wine and Whiskey Walk at Junction City

Tuesday, November 1, 2022
PPS Foundation Scholarship Applications Available

Monday, November 14, 2022
Classroom Grant Reception at BOE Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2023
8th Annual PPS Foundation 365 Breakfast

Saturday, February 18, 2023
5th Annual Peoria Schoolhouse Open

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
PPS Foundation Scholarship Applications Due

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Classroom Grant Workshop

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Deirdre Purcell Collins Math Reception

Thursday, May 11, 2023
End of the Year Appreciation Reception

Monday, June 26, 2023
26th Annual Golf Outing at the Country Club of Peoria

Notecards Available for $25 Donation
The PPS Foundation has notecards available with a $25 donation. Keep in touch with your family and friends and support a good cause! The donation will be applied to our Right Now Fund to help students and schools where it is needed most.

A set contains six note cards (plus envelopes) with exclusive artwork created by PPS students. These fantastic pieces were entered into our HeART Facebook Contest and displayed at the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

Notecards can be picked up at the PPS Foundation's office in Junction City Shopping Center. We will send you an email when they are ready!
Ad spots are available on the new electronic sign located on the PPS Stadium property. The sign has great visibility for both eastbound and westbound traffic on War Memorial Drive. $300 per week or $1,000 per month spots are available. Artwork must be in a 2100 x 900 jpg file. The sign is 14 feet wide by 6 feet tall.

All proceeds for sign advertisement go directly to help Peoria Public School's campaign to improve the stadium property. For more information, contact jennifer.adler@psd150.org.
PPS Foundation's Board of Directors:
Dan Adler, Andre Allen, Ruth Bittner, Solivian Dismuke, Maarten de Haas, Alex Elger, Daniel Musisi, Cheryl Sanfilip, and Cathy Wiggers

Ex Officio Board Members:
Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat (PPS Superintendant) and Mike Murphy (PPS Board of Education)

PPS Foundation's Staff:
Cindy Morris - President
Jen Adler - Administrative Director
Trish O'Shaughnessy - Director of Programming & Community Engagement
Janet Ham - Adopt-A-School Coordinator
Matt Violet - Data and Programming Logistics Coordinator
Annalee Anderson - Career Tech Advocate
Sara Montgomery - Career Tech Advocate
Olivia Smith - Career Tech Advocate