Peoria youth program possibly expanding to other schools

By WEEK Reporter

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some District 150 ELITE drum line students are marching to a beat of their own, and it's called success.

"What we're doing right is right here in front of us displayed in front of you...dressed for success and not by accident and not overnight," said ELITE supervisor Carl Cannon.

District 150 officials say ELITE is making a difference in student behavior after its first full year at Trewyn.

"Well before ELITE I never use to use my manners but now I do. I did use them but not as much as I do now," said Shianna Trainor, a member of the ELITE program.

School officials are considering two possible expansion locations: Glen Oak Learning Center on the East Bluff and Harrison on the South Side.

ELITE staffer Bill Cannon said there are benefits to working at Harrison, "Harrison is the school we're looking at this coming year and we did that and we targeted that cause it's in the Trewyn neighborhood and we want to see that whole neighborhood changed and then we can go out to another neighborhood."

No decision has been made and the school board will still have to approve the site. Cannon said right now there are about eight employees but they are always looking for more volunteers.

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