July 22, 2014

Granite City students earn money, prizes for school

Students at Frohardt Elementary School in Granite City earn money and prizes for their school by collecting and recycling the drink pouches they use at home and in the lunchroom.

Frohardt Elementary students have just reached the second level of TerraCycle and Capri Sun's Drink Pouch Brigade milestone contest by collecting more than 18,000 drink pouches. The students have earned more than $1,500 for their school by collecting the drink pouches.

The Drink Pouch Brigade is a free recycling program that rewards people for collecting and sending their waste to TerraCycle to be recycled or upcycled.

The Milestone Program began in September 2013 when Capri Sun added prizes for collecting certain amounts. Now, in addition to the money they earn for each piece of waste collected, participants can win prizes made from recycled drink pouches, such as park benches, recycling bins and a playground, among other things.

To learn more about the program or to sign up, visit The program is free to any interested organization or individual, and all shipping costs are paid.


Belleville School District 201 school board approved six new hires during its meeting Monday night. The new hires were as follows:

* Jerry Richardson, assistant principal at Belleville West

* Kalynn Larsen, behavior interventionist for District 201

* Jamison Klein, industrial education teacher at Belleville West

* Eric Gentz, special education teacher at the Alternative Day School

* Sarah Brauer, science teacher at the Alternative Day School

* Jeff Heidorn, special education teacher at Belleville West


Signal Hill United Methodist Church in Belleville is hosting a free backpack and school supply event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 47 Signal Hill Place. The event is for kindergarten through ninth grade students and their families. A parent/guardian must be present for a child to receive a backpack. The event is first come, first served while supplies last.


The new student registration for the Belleville School District 118 will be held Wednesday, July 30. The registration will include those children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, and who reside within the school district, plus students new to the district. The time of registration at the schools in District 118 is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m.


In an effort to expedite the registration process for students and parents, Mascoutah School District 19 will host a centralized registration at Mascoutah High School. Over a three-day period -- Tuesday, July 29, Wednesday, July 30, and Thursday, July 31 -- parents of returning or pre-enrolled students will register their children, pay fees, establish meal accounts and pick up student schedules.

The district uses an alphabetical system on specific days for parents to attend, in an effort to avoid congestion and longer waits. The district asks that parents attend registration dates based on the following separations: Parents of students whose last names begin with the letters:

* A-F: noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29

* G-N: noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30

* P-Z: noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31

For more information, visit or call 566-7414.


Saint Paul's Lutheran School in Troy is hosting its back to school night from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. This is an opportunity for incoming and returning families to get a head start on the back-to-school routine.

Families will convene in the Saint Paul's Ministry Center at 6 p.m. where the evening will begin with some introductions and informative discussions on available activities and events for the coming year such as sports, Parent Teacher League and special events. Families will then be dismissed to visit the classrooms for each of their children to meet teachers and hear about classroom activities, special topics, curriculum and guidelines.

Saint Paul's has openings in kindergarten through eighth grade for the fall. For more information, contact the school at 618-667-6314.


Eric McDonald has been awarded a scholarship by the Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers Association Foundation. Eric, a 2013 graduate of Freeburg High School, is pursuing an associate's degree in construction and carpentry at Southwestern Illinois College and plans to continue on to receive his bachelor's degree in business construction technology at another university. He is a two-time recipient of this scholarship.


O'Fallon Township High School senior Nicholas Ryan Turk was one of 98 high school student representatives throughout the United States chosen to attend The American Legion Boys Nation held at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. He is one of two delegates selected from the state based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at American Legion Boys State.

The week-long program held July 18-25 introduces the students to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.

Turk plans to attend University of Pennsylvania in pursuit of a career in business administration.

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