Cairo Unified School District 1
Cairo Unified School District 1 is a unified school district located in the southern Illinois' Alexander County, and more specifically in the county seat of Alexander County, Cairo, Illinois; its location in the southernmost city in Illinois implies that it is also the southernmost school district in the state. It is composed of three schools: Emerson Elementary School, which supports grades PK-2; Bennett Elementary School, which educates third graders to sixth graders; and Cairo Junior and Senior High School, which encompasses grades 7-12. 
More poverty-stricken children attend this district than any other district in the state of Illinois.
- GreatSchools.net results on Cairo Unified School District 1, retrieved 2008-5-6
- "If you're poor, you have to work harder... nothing is fair" Chicago Sun Times, January 10, 2008
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