Eight local students earn 'Do The Right Thing' awards

News-DemocratNovember 26, 2013 

Eight local students were recognized Tuesday with "Do The Right Thing" awards during a ceremony at the St. Louis County Police headquarters. The students honored include: Travis Clifford, Ethan Parker and Tyler Lawrence, students at Westhaven School in Belleville; Michael Epps and Giselle Wayne, students at Union School in Belleville; Kate Lester and Olivia Lester, students at Smithton School; and Katrina Pleasant, a student at Grigsby Intermediate School in Granite City. Do The Right Thing is a program that recognizes St. Louis-area students for exhibiting positive character traits.

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The Southern Illinois Science Olympiad Invitational will be held Saturday at Belleville East High School. The Science Olympiad is run much like a track meet, but students compete in science rather than athletics. Events range from paper and pencil tests to species identification to building events.

Students participating in the competition will be from St. Mary's, Pontiac Junior High, Millstadt Junior High, Belleville East, Belleville West High School, Lebanon High School and Collinsville High School. These schools compete for a spot in the State Science Olympiad.

The purpose of Science Olympiad is to provide an outlet for students to explore science and engineering beyond what can be done in the classroom.

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Lebanon Community Unit School District 9 is hosting a ground breaking for its new $8.1 million elementary school at 1 p.m. Sunday by the high school track.

Superintendent Patrick Keeney said he expects construction of the new school, which will house pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders, to begin soon. The contractor is Holland Construction, and the architect is Ittner Architect.

Current plans call for construction of a 40,000-square-foot, 25-classroom building with the capacity for 400 students. The new grade school will replace the current 80-year-old school.

If this winter is mild, Keeney said the new school could be completed as early as December 2014.

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Students at Immaculate Conception School in Columbia commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in several ways Nov. 19. At 2:45 p.m., as near as possible to the time of the actual address, students across the school participated in a simultaneous reading on-line with actor Sam Waterston. Eighth-graders visited grades kindergarten to fourth grade to share scrapbooks from their Springfield trip, where they explored the Lincoln Museum, visited Lincoln's Tomb, and toured New Salem, where Lincoln lived as a young man.

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Douglas Elementary School in Belleville raised $176 for Hospice of Southern Illinois at their "Hats for Hospice Day" last month, a hospice awareness event where the students pay $1 dollar for the privilege to wear a "Hat for Hospice" to spread awareness about hospice care and end-of-life options to younger generations.

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Egyptian Electric Cooperative is offering a total of six $500 Classroom Empowerment Grants to fund innovative and unfunded projects in schools located within the cooperative's service area. Qualifying projects are those that improve the learning environment or increase educational resources for the school.

School administrators or teachers must submit a grant application that can be obtained from the cooperative's web site -- www.eeca.coop -- under the My Community link or by contacting the cooperative. The application requests information about the project, the school and the applicant. A panel of judges will determine which projects will be awarded grants of up to $500 each.

School administrators or teachers must complete and mail, e-mail or fax a grant application to the address or number on the registration form by Dec. 4. The grant awards will be announced by Dec. 18. For more information about the Classroom Empowerment Grants, contact Bryce Cramer at Egyptian Electric Cooperative at bcramer@eeca.coop or (800) 606-1505.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative serves portions of Jackson, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington and Williamson counties.

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