Need help with math? Call homework hotline

News-DemocratApril 15, 2014 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in collaboration with the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Foundation has a homework hotline for students in sixth-through eighth-grade.

Students can call 618-650-3072 to receive free help with their math homework from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings.

SIUE homework hotline tutors are from programs across campus, including mathematics, engineering, business and education. Many of the math and education majors working the hotline will be certified to teach middle school math upon graduation.

SIUE's math hotline is modeled after Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an Indiana university, that has a successful math and science homework hotline.

The hotline will run through May 1. For more information, contact Cindy McAndrews at 618-650-3431 or


A local business effort to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project was inspired by two fifth-graders at Columbus Elementary School in Edwardsville. The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that provides assistance to armed forces veterans injured in combat since 2003.

Two months ago, fifth-graders Brooke Whiteford and Arianna Johnson began making their own wristbands to sell to neighbors for $1 each. In a matter of weeks, they had raised more than $300 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

When the students approached their teacher, Matt Maddox, about their accomplishment he realized this program could become an initiative of local businesses.

Maddox reached out to Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, and the Ed-Glen Chamber of Commerce to help get metro-east businesses involved. Kay then made the initial purchase of 500 wristbands.

"When I reached out to the Ed-Glen Chamber of Commerce, I was pleased that they were enthusiastic about this program," Kay said. "I am elated that we were able to take Brooke and Arianna's wristband idea and bring the business community together for a common cause."

The wristbands are available for purchase at the following businesses: Dairy Queen, 400 S. Buchanan St. in Edwardsville; Wal-Mart, 400 Junction Dr. in Glen Carbon; and Home Depot, 2500 Troy Road in Edwardsville

For more information about the program, call Maddox at 618-780-7474.


Kindergarten registration for Whiteside School District 115 will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the elementary building, 2028 Lebanon Ave. in Belleville. For more information, call the school at 618-239-0000.


Harmony-Emge School District 175 in Belleville will hold pre-school screenings for the 2014-15 school year on April 23 and May 28 in the new gym at Ellis Elementary School, 250 Illini Drive. Students should be 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Appointments can be made by call the school at 618-538-6114.


Belle Valley School District 119 faculty was recognized with an award of merit in the 2014 Distinguished Service Award program sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. The statewide Distinguished Service Award program honors individuals and groups who consistently have gone above and beyond on behalf of their school and whose efforts have enhanced education and conveyed its importance to the community. District 119 faculty will be honored at a luncheon May 2 in Park Ridge.


The Illinois Society of the War of 1812 sponsors the Charles Schweizer History Essay Contest for students aged 14 to 18. The contest is open to all students who are U.S. citizens and are attending public, parochial or private middle or high schools, including accredited home schools. The essay should be completely original on a topic dealing with an event(s) associated with the War of 1812. Only one entry per student is permitted.

The prize for the first place winner will be $1,000. The second place winner receives $200 and the third place winner receives $100. Entries must be submitted to the state chairman by May 1. Complete rules and contact information are available on the society website at or contact chairman Eric Reelitz at or society president Jim DeGroff at 618-667-8660.

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