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Your kids could soon have healthier snacks to eat at school

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Local schools with a high number of students who are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch will receive federal money this school year to purchase nutritious snacks.

Nine schools in East St. Louis District 189 alone will receive more than $220,000 through the Illinois State Board of Education’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Among the schools are:

▪  Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center — $11,623

▪  Dunbar Elementary School — $24,756

▪  Annette Officer Elementary School — $24,756

▪  Miles D Davis Elementary School — $24,907

▪  Gordon Bush Elementary School — $25,008

▪  Katie Harper-Wright Elementary School — $25,309

▪  James Avant Elementary School — $26,064

▪  Lincoln Middle School — $27,624

▪  Mason/Clark Middle School — $31,197

Shiloh Elementary School will also receive a grant through the program for $11,019. Additional metro-east districts selected by the Illinois State Board of Education include: four schools in Centralia School District 135; three schools in Mount Vernon School District 80; one school in Madison Community Unit School District 12; and one school in Brooklyn Unit School District 188.

It is important to promote healthier eating habits so our kids will have the fuel they need for the school day and the knowledge to make healthier choices down the road.

Tony Smith, state superintendent of education, on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Tony Smith, state superintendent of education, said the state board is excited to help again with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which is in its eighth year.

“It is important to promote healthier eating habits so our kids will have the fuel they need for the school day and the knowledge to make healthier choices down the road,” Smith said.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Schools are reimbursed monthly for fruit and vegetable purchases up to their total awarded amount.

A total of 260 elementary schools and an estimated 107,725 students will benefit from the program statewide.

High schoolers promote tolerance on 9/11 anniversary

There are 2,996 small flags on display in front of Collinsville High School. Each represents a person who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Blerta Beluli, a Muslim-American junior at CHS and president of the Multicultural Kahoks, said the display is a reminder of the need to honor each other.

“We are doing this not only to honor those that lost their lives but also to inform the public the importance of tolerance, as it leads to a better understanding of one another,” Beluli said. “Therefore, improving our community as a whole.”

Teacher Barbara Lindauer said the event is part of the school’s Illinois Democracy School initiative to promote civic education, according to a post on Collinsville Unit 10 School District’s Facebook page. More than 50 students, staff and volunteers helped place the flags, which will remain on display until Friday.

We are doing this not only to honor those that lost their lives but also to inform the public the importance of tolerance, as it leads to a better understanding of one another.

Blerta Beluli, Muslim-American junior at Collinsville High School and president of the Multicultural Kahoks, on the school’s 9/11 display

St. Louis-area bands kick off marching season

Twenty-four bands traveled to O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday for the Metro East Marching Classic’s daylong competition.

The Class 1A winner was Mater Dei, which also took home trophies for best music, visual, percussion and auxiliary. Centralia High School earned the best auxiliary trophy.

Edwardsville High School won in Class 4A and received trophies for best music, visual and auxiliary.

Students help the poor in honor of Mother Teresa

St. John Neumann Catholic School celebrated St. Teresa of Calcutta Week in honor of Mother Teresa’s canonization on Sunday, Sept. 3.

The Maryville school made a spiritual bouquet with prayer promises from each student and collected canned goods and personal items for the poor. Students offered up a Holy Hour of prayer in the chapel and wore blue for $1 with the money going to the Childhood Missionary Association.

Columbia cross country runners come out to compete

Immaculate Conception’s Marie Prindiville earned a first place finish in the varsity girls race during the Pinckneyville Junior High Invitational Cross Country meet on Sept. 3 with a time of 10:22.

In the varsity boys race, Immaculate Conception’s Dominic Dalpoas placed sixth with a time of 10:26.

Local teachers up for state Teacher of Year honor

Two teachers in the metro-east are among 10 finalists for the 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Candace Hamilton, a teacher at Whiteside Middle School, and Matthew Herndon, from Lewis and Clark Junior High School in Wood River-Hartford School District, were named as finalists on Thursday.

The Illinois Teacher of the Year will be named by the Illinois State Board of Education at a banquet in October. The annual program recognized the accomplishments of more than 250 educators, and honors one as the Teacher of the Year. A selection committee of administrators, teachers and past winners and education-related professionals reviewed the nominations.

According to ISBE, the Teacher of the Year will represent the state at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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