Every Student Initiative

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About the Every Student Initiative

The Every Student Initiative (ESI), a new program at Peoria Riverfront Museum, aims to bring every student in Central Illinois to the Peoria Museum every year. ESI supports the Museum’s mission to encourage lifelong learning by connecting school students to the broader community of educational resources and the Museum’s own hands-on programming & experiential learning.

As an interdisciplinary museum, the Peoria Riverfront Museum brings quality educational programming to Central Illinois. The exhibitions allow students to interact with objects that connect to science, art, history, and achievement. Museum objects allow students to connect physically to their learning objectives. The Dome Planetarium and Giant Screen Theater are also excellent educational opportunities for students of all ages. They can explore the galaxy, learn about the light spectrum, or delve into China’s past with the state-of-the-art technology in the Dome Planetarium and Giant Screen Theater.

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.