PEORIA (WEEK) -- Illinois' legal cannabis revenues are providing $858,669 in funds to Peoria Public Schools as part of a program called Restore, Reinvest and Renew, or R3.
The R3 program provides 25% of cannabis revenues for grants to support communities impacted by the horrors of violence, bolstered by concentrated disinvestment, identified by their rates of gun injuries, child poverty, unemployment, and incarceration rates, according to a press release from Peoria Public Schools.
The Sheriff's Office will use grant money to improve re-entry programs when inmates transition out.
"The number one influencer of public safety is employment and to have gainful employment, we have to have strong education systems," said Peoria County Sheriff, Brian Asbell. "It's trying to link all these pieces together to give all our community members the best chance to have a successful and prosperous life."
The R3 grant to PPS will serve a minimum of 200 students and adults in meeting basic needs, providing legal support, economic development opportunities, re-entry skills, violence prevention, and youth development to students in the district, according to the district's announcement Tuesday.
"To truly make a difference we also have to provide those supports and interventions for their families and also the community as a whole," said PPS Director of Social and Emotional Learning, Derrick Booth.
The intention is to serve students who have experienced legal trouble and to serve students before their behaviors get them connected to the law.