Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Washington Junior High School, the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., will announce a joint grant to Western Illinois University-Quad Cities counselor education department and Rock Island Schools' for the PACERS program. PACERS is an intensive and academic and personal support program designed to help eighth grade students with personal, social, academic success and their transition to high school. The grant will allow program implementation at Washington and Edison Junior High Schools.

Community leaders, WIU representatives and Rock Island School District administrators and staff will be on hand for the announcement.

For more information or to confirm attendance contact Tami Seitz, director of marketing at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities at (309)762-9481 or

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