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Central’s 5th Annual Mini-Relay for Life

            Central students are joining in the fight against cancer by raising money, walking the track, and participating in educational activities on Wednesday, May 6th with Central Elementary and Middle Schools students starting at 8:45 a.m. and then again at 12:30 p.m. with Central Junior High and Senior High students.

            Held at the Central Track, Central students are participating in a “Mini-Relay”, which is an abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society’s national activity, Relay for Life. Besides walking the track, students will participate in activities to promote cancer prevention awareness through activities focusing on nutrition, exercise, sun safety, and the effects of tobacco use. The Mini-Relay also helps to promote helping others and working together.

            New to this year’s relay is a hair-cutting station in which students and teachers will have the opportunity to donate 8 inches or more of their hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign. This organization provides no-cost wigs to individuals who have lost their hair while undergoing and recovering from cancer treatment.

            The “Mini-Relay” will be an all-day event complete with music, refreshments, and activities. Money raised by the Central students will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The goal is to raise over $7,700 which was the amount raised at the fourth Central Mini-Relay held last year.

            T-shirts are available for purchase to commemorate this district-wide student event. If you have questions, please contact Pat Heinecke at 696-4805 or If you would like to donate to the cause, feel free to stop by any of the Central schools and make your donation. If you are able, please attend the Central Mini-Relay on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Any and all cancer survivors and/or family members are welcome to participate in the survivor lap at the beginning of each session and then also stay to see what a Min-Relay is all about. We hope to see you there!!



Central CUSD # 3 is considering 2 Hour Delay starts for early morning wind chill for 2015-2016 school year.  Read more by clicking on the March edition of The Panther Tale link below...





Illinois 5 Essentials Survey


This year, parents, students, and teachers in the Central School District  will take the Illinois 5Essentials survey, which is used to gather information that can help improve our schools as well as facilitate greater student success. The parent survey consists of 26 questions and can be accessed below. Students can also access their survey below, but students will take the survey at school. 

Illinois 5Essentials Video

Illinois 5Essentials Survey Link