On Thursday I visited with recipients of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants I announced last week along with State Director Douglas Wilson. One of the visits was to Taylorville CUSD #3 where we discussed the importance of their $859,962 award. They'll be using it to connect 14 rural schools to distance learning opportunities and for Chestnut Health Systems to expand opioid and substance abuse educational opportunities. Great work by the team led by Supt. Chris Dougherty and Principal Matt Hutchison.

We also congratulated the Taylorville Police Department on their new squad car. It was purchased with the help of a $20,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant. Mayor Barry, Chief Wheeler, Dep. Chief Childers, and Officer Dickey were all present to discuss the importance of this award.

Our tour concluded at Blackburn College who likewise received a DLT grant in the amount of $915,194. It will be used to expand STEM learning opportunities in 12 school districts in Macoupin and Montgomery counties. 3,697 students will benefit from this! Congratulations to Blackburn President Dr. Biermann and his entire team.

To read more about these grants visit my website.