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      The Peace Program prepares for summer months

      A former Kirksville resident has left behind a program similar to one he says changed his life forever.

      The Peace Program is a nearly five-year-old academic and career support organization.

      The program provides free after-school help to children in elementary through junior high who live at the Devlin Place housing complex and surrounding neighborhoods.

      Help is offered in the summer months as well.

      Food, as well as help with social skills, academic support and career training are provided to children and their families at no cost.

      Peace Program Director Amy Burbee said the upcoming summer months will be filled with new surprises.

      â??This summer we're partnering with the Food 4 Kids program, the park providing free lunches for city kids. After the lunch in P.C. Mills then we'll do educational support in our building and we'll pair with them for our summer program,â?? said Burbee.

      The program will begin this summer on June 9.

      The registration information can be found on the Peace Program website.