Every Student Initiative

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About the Every Student Initiative

The Every Student Initiative (ESI) is an ambitious new program to bring every student in Central Illinois to the Peoria Riverfront Museum every year. With hands-on learning through objects, a Giant Screen Theater, Dome Planetarium, and rotating exhibits, the Peoria Riverfront Museum is a great place for students to learn in a new environment. ESI supports the museum’s mission to encourage life-long learning in students of all ages while connecting them to their community at large.

The Every Student Initiative is privately funded, allowing donors to help their communities by sponsoring field trips to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Did you know? The Museum works in partnership with Peoria Public Schools (District 150) to match each grade’s curriculum with corresponding topics and educational materials so that students can go from the classroom to a hands-on learning experience at the museum!

Support for the Every Student Initiative

ESI allows donors to participate in their communities in a unique way: to sponsor a field trip is to encourage life-long learning in a community of educators and students of all ages.

To help the Museum begin this program Polly Barton, founder of the Barton Family Foundation and longtime supporter of the Peoria education community, made a substantial contribution that allows the museum to bring every Peoria Public Schools student - Kindergarten through 8th grade - to Peoria Riverfront Museum. This partnership with Mrs. Barton, the Peoria Public School District, and the Peoria Riverfront Museum focuses on matching each grade’s curriculum with the Museum’s educational materials. 

Support/Donation Contacts

If you are interested in joining Mrs. Barton in connecting students to the Peoria Riverfront Museum by becoming a donor or are a school wanting to plan a field trip, please contact Holly Johnson, the Every Student Initiative/Group Tours Coordinator by email at hjohnson@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or by phone at 309.863.3013. 

To support the Every School Initiative with a donation - click here. Contact Anne Marie Miller at ammiller@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or 309.863.3026.