FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dave Ardrey-Executive Director
e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
phone – 618.924.8218
Illinois Rural and Small Schools Day
The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools is proud to announce that Governor Bruce
Rauner has proclaimed Friday, November 18, 2016 as Illinois Rural and Small Schools Day. The Governor has issued this proclamation to generate awareness of the vital roles rural and small schools play in the development of the State of Illinois.
Along with its partners, SIU-Carbondale, Western Illinois University, First Midstate, Inc. and Baysinger Architects, AIRSS has worked in collaboration to help develop, promote and create not just this important day , but an ongoing recognition of our Illinois rural and small schools.
“A strong rural presence makes for a stronger Illinois”, said David Ardrey, Executive Director of AIRSS. “Our small and rural schools and communities play an important role not only in education, but in the economic health and vitality of our rural communities. The strength of our rural schools is the strength of our rural communities, and the stronger the rural community the stronger the rural school”, Ardrey said.
The Proclamation is as follows:
WHEREAS, Illinois students in rural and small schools should have access to high quality education opportunities; and,
WHEREAS, there are at least 500 small rural school districts in the State of Illinois; and,
WHEREAS, more than 275,000 Illinois children attend small and rural schools in Illinois; and,
WHEREAS, rural public schools are an important fixture and often the focal point for the community; and,
WHEREAS, public school systems are usually one of the largest, if not the largest, employers in a rural community or region; and,
WHEREAS, public schools are a linchpin to successful rural economic and community development; and,
WHEREAS, the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRRS) serves as the only statewide organization that helps promote and enhance education in rural and small schools in very community location of Illinois; and,
WHEREAS, AIRSS has served a significant role in fiving identity, voice and recognition to rural and small schools and their local community:
THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim November 18, 2016, as Illinois Rural and Small Schools Day in Illinois, in order to generate awareness of the vital roles rural and small schools play in the development of the State of Illinois.
The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools was chartered in 1987 with the purpose of presenting a unified effort to promote educational excellence in Illinois’ rural and small schools. AIRSS is committed to giving identity, voice, and recognition to rural and small schools and their local communities.
David Ardrey is the executive director for AIRSS, and he can be contacted at email@example.com or by telephone at (618) 924.8218.