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State Farm donates money to Red Cross

BLOOMINGTON — State Farm Insurance Cos. have donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross of the Heartland for local Red Cross programs and services.

The donation, announced late last week, comes after Red Cross volunteers assisted at several fires in the Bloomington-Normal area this fall. Other local services include lifesaving classes, blood collection and support for military personnel and their families.

This fall, McLean County residents and businesses have donated nearly $1 million to the Red Cross to assist survivors of the hurricanes that struck the South. Lyn Hruska, executive director of the Bloomington-based Heartland chapter, said she's proud State Farm understands the importance of local and national Red Cross services.

Host families needed

for Russian students

BLOOMINGTON — Local families are needed to host two Russian high school students as part of the Vladimir/Canterbury Sister City Association of Bloomington-Normal.

The association needs families for one or two semesters starting with the fall 2006 semester. Host families must be selected by mid-February.

The association sponsors an annual exchange program for two 15- or 16-year-old students to attend high schools in the Twin Cities for one school year. Families in outlying areas of school attendance districts are also eligible if transportation to Bloomington-Normal is available.

Student applicants are carefully screened for English skills. Students provide their own airfare and spending money. Host families provide food, lodging and transportation. The association provides student health and accident insurance, pays school fees and offers host families general support during the student visit.

Interested families may call (309) 452-3021.

Setting it right

Local

IMSA informational meeting — Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will have an informational meeting at 7 p.m. today at Chiddix Junior High School, Normal. The academy in Aurora serves talented students in grades 10-12. The meeting date was incorrect in Sunday's Area Calendar.

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