Grants will improve security at metro-east schools

News-DemocratMay 6, 2014 

More than a dozen school districts throughout St. Clair, Madison and Monroe counties will receive grants from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to enhance security.

The Illinois School and Campus Safety Grant Program supports projects, including reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass, physical locks and other security measures that will enhance safety for students, staff and visitors.

The following metro-east school districts will be awarded grants:

* Belleville Area Special Services, $2,550

* Belleville District 118, $95,100

* Bethalto District 8, $64,200

* Dupo District 196, $27,500

* East St. Louis District 189, $160,775

* Edwardsville District 7, $190,050

* Grant District 110, $16,700

* Harmony Emge District 175, $20,925

* Marissa District 40, $15,200

* Millstadt District 160, $17,500

* O'Fallon District 90, $86,900

* O'Fallon District 203, $62,448

* Pontiac-William Holliday District 105, $18,540

* Signal Hill District 181, $9,700

* Smithton District 130, $12,700

* Triad District 2, $90,234

* Waterloo District 5, $67,536

* Wesclin District 3, $3,000

* Whiteside District 115, $34,185


Students from Belleville East High School will participate in the annual TECH 2014 Students for the Information Age event Thursday at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield. In all, 57 schools will be represented from throughout the state.

From 1 to 3 p.m., students will show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. Student demonstrations can be viewed in the Capitol Building Rotunda.

The purpose of TECH 2014 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today's world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. TECH 2014 is a not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations.


The BASIC Youth Board is sponsoring a Teeter-Totter-Athon from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday at Belleville West. BASIC stands for Belleville Achieves Strength in Character. The money raised at the event will be donated to five local nonprofit organizations: Don Bosco Center in East St. Louis; LINC Inc. in Belleville; the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville; Interfaith Food Pantry/Project Compassion in Belleville; and Eden's Army in Belleville. If you want to donate to the Teeter-Totter-Athon, make checks payable to BASIC Youth Board and send them to: BASIC Initiative, 512 W. Main St., Belleville, IL, 62220; ATTN: Teeter-Totter-Athon.


Students from James Avant Elementary School in East St. Louis will participate in the second annual Spelling Bee competition at 10 a.m. Friday at the school located at 1915 N. 55th St. Four of the top spellers from all grade levels -- first through fifth -- will compete for the top honor of being named the Spelling Bee Champion. Preliminary rounds were held earlier this year.


Triad High School's Envirothon team finished first at the Madison County and Regional Land Use Council 12 Envirothon Competition held at the Ballard Nature Center in Altamont last month.

Envirothon is North America's largest high school environmental education competition. It is sponsored nationally by the National Conservation Foundation and organized locally by the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The Triad competitive team members are Lillian Barkley, Jessie Barberis, Joe Bednara, Nick Wigginton and Katie Horton (first team) who placed first overall and took first place honors in wildlife, soils and aquatics. Frankie Butler, Joe Gruber, Caleb Fagan, Kailey Tentis and Audrey Thompson (second team) placed second overall and took first place honors in forestry. Hannah Wineinger and Jenna Bohler were the alternates. The coach for both teams is Triad's biology teacher Sandy Perkins; aided by chemistry/geology teacher Jim Perkins.

Triad teams won the Illinois competition in 2000, 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2013.


Summer school registration is available now through May 23 for students in elementary, middle and high school at East St. Louis School District 189. Summer school dates are June 23 through July 18. Registration forms are available at each district school and on the home page of the district's website: The district will provide free breakfast, lunch and transportation. Students will not attend school on July 4.


The Rotary Club of Swansea sponsors two $1,500 scholarships annually for area high school students. The Chad Wood Memorial Scholarship Competition is open to all graduating high school students who reside in the Swansea at the time of application or who have resided in Swansea for at least three of the five years immediately prior to application.

Criteria include being a person of good moral character who has demonstrated a commitment to the concept of community service and volunteers and who has attained a GPA of 3.0 at the time of application (if school is on a 4.0 scale) or 4.0 (if on a 5.0 scale).

The applicant will submit an essay of 350-500 words on a subject related to Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self, and it is recommended but not required that the applicant submit through YouTube or other social media a presentation in support of the application, not to exceed three minutes. Deadline is May 23.

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