Manar Wolf Ridge Vote Book 350BUNKER HILL – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) visited third-graders at Wolf Ridge Elementary School in Bunker Hill on Oct. 21 for his annual reading of Eileen Christelow’s book, “Vote!”

Manar’s message to the students in Ms. Gockel’s class: participate in democracy, learn about our government, children from small towns can grow up to do great things, and wealth is not a requirement to be an elected official.

Using a fictional mayoral campaign as an example, Christelow’s book offers children an introduction to such concepts as political parties, voter registration, campaigns, rallies, debates, Election Day and recounts.

Manar Rull Class Wolf Ridge 350In addition, Manar on Tuesday, Oct. 25, visited with second-graders in Ms. Rull’s class at Wolf Ridge Elementary to talk about voting, citizenship and his experience serving as a state senator since 2013.

Manar is an advocate for overhauling Illinois’ nearly 20-year-old school funding formula, which fails to fairly account for the needs of school districts with shrinking property tax bases, higher levels of poverty and students with special learning needs. He regularly visits schools in the 48th Senate District he represents in Springfield.

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10112016 Manar Gillespie PFADGILLESPIE – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was able to get an up-close look at the challenges school principals face when he spent time at Gillespie middle and high schools Tuesday as principal for a day.

During his visit to the schools, Manar toured the buildings, met students and faculty members and spent time with principals Jill Rosentreter and Lori Emmons discussing pending legislation at the Statehouse and learning more about the demands of their jobs.

“The biggest takeaway for me was the difference even a little more state funding could make for these schools,” Manar said. “Both Jill and Lori explained to me some of the things they would like to be able to offer. If they just had a little more support they could do so much more for Gillespie students.”

Manar is an advocate for overhauling Illinois’ nearly 20-year-old school funding formula, which fails to fairly account for the needs of school districts with shrinking property tax bases, higher levels of poverty and students with special learning needs.

The principal for a day program is coordinated by the Illinois Principals Association to offer lawmakers the opportunity to visit schools and administrators in their districts.

October is Principal Appreciation Month. In Illinois this year, Principal Appreciation Week is Oct. 16-22, and Principal Appreciation Day is Oct. 21.

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ManarColeman350DECATUR — The future of education in Illinois was on the minds of many of the students and residents who met with Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) at Richland Community College in Decatur during its biennial Engage Your Government event on Tuesday.

The college hosted the two-hour meet-and-greet as an opportunity for people to get to know a variety of government officials, ask questions and express their opinions.

Concerns shared with Manar largely centered on education, including dwindling state support for colleges and universities in Illinois; uncertainty about the state’s Monetary Award Program, which offers tuition assistance to low-income college students; and the status of Manar's ongoing push to reform the way Illinois funds its K-12 public schools.

Among the students Manar spoke with was Karl Coleman, a freshman in poiltical science from Decatur and a member of Richland's Student Government Association (pictured above).

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Check out this video to learn more about why I believe it's important to make government services and other types of resources more easily accessible to the people I represent in Springfield. One way I do that is by coordinating senior fairs in communities throughout my district each year.

Category: People of the 48th