District 117 gets large gift from estate of Howard Million

By Gary Scott on May 7, 2015 at 8:45am

Jacksonville School District 117 is announcing that it has received a $150,000 gift.

The money comes from the estate of Howard and Vera Million, who had previously left large monetary gifts for Jacksonville’s two private colleges and Lincoln Land Community College.

According to a press release, parts of the donation include $25,000 for both the Jacksonville High School agriculture department and to the FFA chapter at JHS. Howard Million, a successful farmer, felt it was important to encourage youth in agriculture, according to the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation.

The remaining money goes to district technology, civics and media centers.

In a statement, JPSF director Amy Albers says the school district and the foundation are both very grateful to the Millions for their gift.

She adds, “It is through this type of generosity that we can work together and offer our students opportunities they would not otherwise be afforded.”