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Bradley University has received funding to help three Peoria-area schools build relationships with the surrounding communities to ensure the needs of students and their families are being met.

The university says it has been awarded a $300,000 grant over two years from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.

Bradley will collaborate with School District 150 to implement a full-service community schools model at Manual Academy, Harrison Community Learning Center and Trewyn Kindergarten-through-8 School.

The university's staff will coordinate programs and services during non-academic hours to build relationships with students, teachers, administration, parents, neighborhood residents and the larger community.

The Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation is the state's only private foundation focused solely on the health care needs of children.

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