Hope for Heroes: Students collect donations for injured soldiers

News-DemocratNovember 12, 2013 

Students at Henry Raab Elementary School held a collection for Backpacks for Heroes, a nonprofit organization.

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In an effort to help injured soldiers in Afghanistan and those returning home, students at Henry Raab Elementary School in Belleville held a collection drive for Hope For Heroes, a nonprofit organization.

Hope For Heroes Mid-West Area Coordinator Chip Shaffer stopped by the school Tuesday to pick up the donated items.

"It really helps us out a lot," Shaffer said, when schools and other organization hosts donation drives.

Henry Raab Principal Kim Enriquez said the school is "always looking for ways to be nice to others," especially those who serve their country.

"We wanted to help (Hope For Heroes) in any way that we could," she said.

The students in grades kindergarten through sixth collected things like playing cards, snacks, gum and toiletry items over the past month. Enriquez said the donations filled 10 large gift bags.

For more information about the Hope For Heroes program contact Chip Shaffer at 618-567-5315 or grumman3@icss.net.

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St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Smithton received the School Spirit Award from FM News Talk 97.1 after participating in a three-week online voting contest. Eighty-seven schools participated in the first round, which narrowed down the competition to 10 schools. St. John'swon the $5,000 award with 114,175 votes. Air Comfort and Tutor Doctor provided the cash prize, which will be used to provide tuition assistance and will be invested into theSt. John the Baptist Catholic School Educational Endowment Fund to assist with future growth.

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The Educational Surrogate Parent Program is looking for compassionate, dedicated people who would be a valuable influence in the life of a disabled child. The organization is looking for individuals who can contribute to the life of a child who needs a voice in decisions related to his or her school program.

To learn more, training will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday at the Belleville Public Library, 121 East Washington St. For more information, call 618-234-0441.

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The Illinois State Board of Education has launched the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Award program to recognize schools that are promoting sustainability and environmental education. ISBE will accept applications from schools that have integrated best practices in energy, water and waste management, healthy school environments and environmental education.

Applications, available at http:/isbe.net/green_ribbon/default.htm, must be submitted online or to the ISBE office in Springfield by 5 p.m. Friday. Winners will be announced in late December.

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The Illinois Parent Teacher Association Southern Region and Common Core Illinois is hosting a presentation and panel discussion about the Common Core Standards from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. Presenters will include Teresa Ramos, outreach director for Advance Illinois; Annice Brave, English teacher at Alton High School; Josh Lane, principal at Millstadt Community Consolidated School District 160; and John Lodle, chair of the English department at Belleville West. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/ccssnov19.

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Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will hold an informational meeting for prospective students and their families from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Belle Valley School, 2465 Amann Drive in Belleville.

As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the state of Illinois, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy enrolls academically talented Illinois high school students in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. IMSA is tuition-free thanks to the support of the Illinois General Assembly, with students only paying affordable fees based on their family income and size.

For more information, visit http://www.imsa.edu or contact IMSA's Office of Admissions at 630-907-5028 to request an application.

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