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Local school raises money for aging science department

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GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. (WGEM) -

Tri-State schools continue to suffer tonight from recent budget cuts. Now, one school is asking the community for help.

"I'm trying to upgrade the science technology that they have because these students that are getting ready to go onto college need to understand when they go into a lab that they have some of this technology and are familiar with it," said Chris Sheehan, science teacher at Griggsville-Perry High School.

Sheehan is the one that decided to partner with the local Jiffy-Stop to help raise money for the school's aging science department.

"The district does not have the money to help us with the science equipment, with all the cuts at the budget level and at the state," said Sheehan.

As part of the partnership, Jiffy-Stop will match any donation up to $2,000. The goal is to raise a total of $4,000 for the science department.

"Microscopes are so old, they don't even have gel-electrophoresis equipment. We don't even have promethium boards in the science lab or in the science classroom. So, the technology is very needed," explained Sheehan.

Some science equipment like chemicals, were so old, they had to be removed because of contamination risk. Students like Junior Allyson Bingham are well aware just how out-dated their equipment is.

"You can tell on the labels how old they are because they're different colors," said Bingham.

Sheehan says she's optimistic that the community will pull through on donations.

"We are a very poor district yet, we can provide what we can by going out and raising money," said Sheehan.

Officials from the Jiffy-Stop say the donations haven't amounted to much yet, but the partnership will continue for a couple more months. They are sure the community will pull together for this good cause.

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