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Horace Mann to distribute $100,000 to address Springfield educational equity gaps exacerbated by pandemic

October 1, 2020
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Horace Mann, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, will provide more than $100,000 to four Springfield organizations focused on closing student opportunity gaps exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants allow the organizations to assist nearly 500 additional low-to-moderate income families with targeted educational support, like providing safe remote learning spaces with reliable Internet access, additional learning opportunities for students falling behind, and basic needs like food and housing assistance for families.

One of the most pressing needs is safe, supervised remote learning sites for children with working parents, which several of the organizations will expand under the grants. Other programs include social and emotional learning programs and enrichment activities for at-risk students, assistance with basic needs for families, and support for parents taking a more active role in their child’s learning.

Horace Mann's $45,000 community donation was supported by an additional $60,000 from FHLBank Chicago’s Targeted Impact Fund. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois and the Springfield Urban League will each receive $35,000, while Compass for Kids and The Matthew Project will each receive $17,500.

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