Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in partnering with one of our schools!

Please CLICK HERE for the Adopt-A-School Volunteer Registration Packet!

Please CLICK HERE for the Adopt-A-School Partner Agreement Form!

Making the Grade Conferencing

What is Making the Grade?

“Making the Grade Conferencing” is a way for the members of the community to reach out to our young people and to inspire them to pursue academic excellence.

How does Making the Grade Conferencing work?

During the event, community volunteers visit the school to meet with students for one-on-one sessions to review their most recent progress report. During a 10-15-minute session with each student, volunteers discuss grades with students, cover topics such as homework, absenteeism, referrals, experience in school, and planning for the future.

Why is Making the Grade Conferencing important?

This provides students with a way to help them reflect on their academic performance and to motivate them for the rest of the semester.  This personalized attention assists students in getting the help they need, if necessary. Past conferences have helped identify students who may need enrichment, tutoring, social support, or other types of assistance to help them reach their utmost potential. Our goal is to make sure that no student gets left behind in his or her schoolwork or “falls through the cracks” of Peoria’s support systems.

How can I help?

Please consider participating! Volunteers typically meet with 8-12 students in a two-hour time. This event takes place at the respective schools during normal school hours.  

For more information please contact Adopt-a-School Coordinator, Sarah Oakford, at or by phone at (309) 369-0386.

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Adopt-A-School Background

What is Adopt-A-School?
The Adopt-A-School program is an effective partnership between education and the business and private sectors of Peoria. The purpose of the program is to utilize the vast amounts of human resources and talents of our community to strengthen, enhance, and enrich the quality of education in the Peoria Public Schools.

Businesses and organizations may choose to participate in the program as an ADOPTER by partnering with a school, by sponsoring the overall program financially, by in-kind donations or by mentoring/tutoring.

When you participate in the Adopt-a-School program “YOU” teach, “YOU” mentor, “YOU” coach and “YOU” inspire every student. Yes, this is a community based program and you participate as a unit but your contribution to the program comes from within. The quality of your time greatly surpasses the quantity.

What do Adopters Do?
Adopt-A-School partners set realistic goals that are agreeable to all involved. The overall objectives of the partnership are flexible in order to utilize the resources of the adopter to meet the needs of the school, and each partnership is uniquely designed to bring about positive outcomes for all those involved.

Adopters initiate activities that encourage students and enrich their educational experiences. While developing strong person-to-person relationships, Adopt-A-School partners engage in a variety of projects.

Why Have An Adopt-A-School Program?
A strong public school system is basic to the health and growth of a community. Quality schools attract people to live in the area. The Adopt-A-School program strengthens and improves our schools, creates a climate of involvement and interaction between businesses/organizations and schools and involves the community in preparing for its own economic future. We are working to make a positive impact in our community.

Adopt-A-School is the commitment of time, energy, and expertise of a business or organization to an individual school. The overall objectives of each partnership are flexible and the relationships grow and flourish through a climate of active involvement and interaction between the school and the adopter.

How Can I Help Today?
We are in need of non-perishable food donations and toiletries to keep our “Little Free Pantries” stocked. The pantries are located outside of the following schools: Charter Oak, Dr. Maude A. Sanders, Franklin, Glen Oak, Harrison, Hines, Kellar, Lincoln, Lindbergh, Manual, Northmoor, Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Trewyn, and Whittier.  These pantries allow the community to give or take non-perishable foods and other items of necessity when needed. Click here to see a current list of sponsors for these pantries.  We are still looking for more sponsors!  Please click here to contact Sarah Oakford about making a food or toiletry donation or for sponsorship information.  



Contact Information

Sarah Oakford, Adopt-A-School Coordinator
Phone: 309.369.0386