Metro-east school raises $20,000 for American Heart Association

News-DemocratSeptember 3, 2013 

Scott Elementary School was recently honored by the American Heart Association for its involvement in the Jump Rope for Heart program.

The school has raised nearly $20,000 for the program.

Renee Ades, director of the Southern Illinois region of the American Heart Association, presented a recognition plaque to Scott Elementary School and Jump Rope for Heart coordinators Mical Barnes and Joe Ballard at the Aug. 20 Mascoutah District 19 school board meeting.

"I can see the commitment of Mr. Barnes and Mr. Ballard to the mission of the American Heart Association," Ades said during the presentation. "They share that with students and staff. Of all the schools I visit, I've never seen such parent participation in the program as I do at Scott Elementary School."

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Lincoln Middle School in East St. Louis will receive $2,800 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, the Midwest Dairy Council recently announced.

Lincoln was selected from hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funding for the grant is provided by the Midwest Dairy Council.

"We are very excited to be able to participate in a program that will help our students increase their physical activity and learn more about healthy eating habits and the benefits of healthy, active lifestyle," said Anson Mitchell, principal of Lincoln Middle School.

Lincoln will use the grant to create and implement a new "grab-n-go" breakfast station, where students will get breakfast before school; an activity zone, where students will be able to use physical activity supplies such as resistance bands, Frisbees, footballs, speed stacking cups, mats, jump ropes and other gym items indoors or out, to increase physical fitness; and provide a "farm-to-school" field trip that will allow students to visit a local food distributor and learn first-hand the origin and process of how they receive their school meals.

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Turkey Hill Grange in Belleville awarded three $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors. The recipients were Shelby Brigman from Belleville West and Taylor Krisher and Madelyn McGlynn, both from Althoff Catholic High School. The Turkey Hill Grange Charitable Foundation has awarded $13,000 in scholarships since the program began.

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Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons is sponsoring an Anti-Drug Poster Contest in honor of 2013's Red Ribbon Week, which runs Oct. 23 to 31.

Students in grades third through fifth are encouraged to submit posters which convey this year's Red Ribbon Week theme "A Healthy Me is Drug Free."

One winner from each grade will be chosen by a committee within the state's attorney's office. Besides having their winning entry displayed at the state's attorney's office, the winners will also receive a pizza luncheon for their class delivered by the state's attorney.

"I look forward to seeing all of the creative submissions from the kids and going out into the community to meet our winners who always submit such great artwork for our contest," Gibbons said. "I'm glad that our poster contest encourages children to think about making healthy, positive lifestyle choices that hopefully stick with them as they grow up."

Posters must be on white poster board, and artists should use crayons, watercolors or markers. Posters will be judged on the basis of originality and on their effectiveness in presenting this year's theme. Posters are due at the state's attorney's office in Edwardsville by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Full guidelines for the contest are posted on the Madison County State's Attorney's Office website at http://www.madco-sa.org.

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The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking nominations for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for the State's Outstanding School Board President.

This award was created in 1991 in memory of the late Illinois State Board of Education chairman and is presented each November at a conference in Chicago.

The Burroughs Award is intended to recognize extraordinary leadership on behalf of education at the local level, especially through characteristics similar to those shown by Tom Burroughs.

The criteria for this award includes: leadership on behalf of improved student learning and educational excellence; leadership on behalf of equal educational opportunities; and leadership in resolving a crisis or major difficulty.

Anyone who has served as president of a local school board in 2013 is eligible for consideration. Nominations can be sent via email to aelliott@isbe.net with Burroughs Nomination in the subject line. For more information, contact Katherine Galloway or Marsha Moffett at 217-557-6626. Nominations should be submitted by Oct. 18.

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Southwestern Illinois College Professor Emeritus of Biology Leo Welch has been appointed as a temporary member of the Illinois State Museum Board.

Following Senate approval, Welch's term as a member of the State Museum Board began May 3. His term is scheduled to expire in 2015.

"The Illinois State Museum is engaged in science education and research on the natural history of Illinois," Welch said. "I bring interest and a level of expertise on both these missions. I'm looking forward to working with the board of directors to enhance these topics."

Welch replaces former board member Caren Trudeau of Springfield.

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