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Music, art at Prairie Central

FAIRBURY -- The Prairie Central Fine Arts Department will host its annual pops concert, art show and pork burger dinner Saturday at Prairie Central High School.

The dinner will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Cost is $6. Carryouts will be available.

The art work will be in the small gym from 4 to 7 p.m. A book fair in the library will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The pops concert will be in the gym: junior high and high school jazz bands, 5-6 p.m.; upper elementary, junior high and high school choruses, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; introduction of seniors, 7:30 p.m.; fifth and sixth grades, junior high and high school bands, junior high and high school bands, 7:35-8:30 p.m.

Autism grants go to schools

NORMAL -- Children with autism in 20 Illinois schools -- including several in Central Illinois -- should get assistance from more than $50,000 in grants through a partnership of TeachTown, Educational Research Associates and Infinitec.

The grants -- $2,700 for each school -- will support new technology and training to stimulate learning, development and engagement for children functioning at ages 2 to 7.

Among agencies receiving grants are the Tri-County Special Education Association, which provides special education services to school districts in McLean, DeWitt and Logan counties, and schools in Normal-based Unit 5, LeRoy, Lincoln and Downs-based Tri-Valley.

Schools help cancer fight

LINCOLN -- Students and staff of West Lincoln-Broadwell School raised $2,200 for the American Cancer Society in a Mini Relay for Life.

Activities focused on healthy choices, eating right, exercise and sun safety.

Another mini relay was May 5 at Hartsburg-Emden Elementary. Another is scheduled May 20 at Lincoln Junior High.

Woman's gift aids food bank

McLEAN -- Vicki Walker has won a $500 donation to the food bank of choice thanks to the Commodity Classic, Tampa, Fla., which is an annual national convention for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum producers.

The drawing was sponsored by Weeding out Hunger with Halex GT, a hunger-relief campaign based on sales of Halex GT corn herbicide.

Walker chose to donate the money to the Clare House, a hunger-relief organization located in Bloomington.

More than 50 million Americans have limited access to adequate food due to lack of money or other resources. In Illinois alone, 12.2 percent of adults and 16.2 percent of children are food insecure, according to Feeding America.

In its first year, the Halex GT campaign donated $100,898 and more than five tons of food to 78 food banks across 24 states.

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