The central office building, originally known as Central School, was built in 1888. It was the longest continuously run school in the area until 2011 when it was renovated into an administration center. The 2011 renovation comprised of interior renovations except for the shingled roof and gutters. The exterior maintenance being done now consists of masonry tuck-pointing, reworking portions of the brick, metal coping replacement and painting, bell tower work with flat roof improvements, and resealed windows. The maintenance prevents moisture from entering the structure and ensures that Central School will remain an iconic structure in Harvard for years to come.
Hurricane Harvey has caused immense devastation, and many in the Harvard CUSD 50 community have family and friends directly affected by the storm. To provide support for those in need, Harvard Cusd 50 Schools will collect monetary donations for the United Way Relief Fund.
On Thursday, September 7th, at 10 a.m. all five schools in Harvard will take a few minutes from class activities to collect donations from students, staff, and members of the community.
Teachers are also using time this week to incorporate Harvey into lessons and general discussions with their students. From the science behind the storm to the human stories of hardship and survival, the events of the last few weeks provide a unique learning opportunity and a chance for students to help the communities affected.
For more information about the donation drive, please visit:
For those who wish to give, please bring loose change or bills on Thursday to any Harvard CUSD 50 school or the Central Office located at 401 N. Division St. in Harvard, Illinois. Any checks should be made payable to Harvard CUSD 50. 100% of all funds will go directly to the United Way Relief Fund.
As part of Harvard CUSD 50’s efforts to bring technology access to the wider community of Harvard, the school district donated ten brand-new Apple iPads to Harvard Diggins Library on August 24th. The donation included $250 in Apple App Store credits to be used towards the purchase of educational software like the interactive astronomy guide Star Walk.
New Harvard CUSD50 Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya introduces the first episode of “Hanging with Harmilda.” The video series will highlight news in the district and the Harvard community. Subscribe on YouTube to view every new episode.
The employees at Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard spent the summer collecting school supplies for Harvard Junior High students. On Wednesday, August 16th, Mercyhealth staff delivered a wealth of supplies including backpacks and personal care items to students in need.
The junior high years are a critical period in students’ development. Thank you to the staff of Mercyhealth for their kindness.