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Signal Hill School raises more than $8,000 to fight childhood cancer

The Signal Hill Elementary School has some more coifs featuring close crops after the St. Baldrick’s day on March 6. Nine students and three teachers had their heads shaved. Among their follicle efforts, students paying for a non-dress code day and individual efforts, the Signal Hill School raised $8,140 for St. Baldrick’s.

The national organization, http://www.stbaldricks.org/, raises money to fund research for childhood cancer. In the fiscal year ending June 2014, the organization raised nearly $40 million through events like Signal Hill’s.

Students who had their heads shaved were JP Vrooman, Jack Nester, Wyatt Shellabarger, Steven Richrath, Bryan Grafe, Malik Taylor, Ronte Parker Jr. and Chase Gibson. Teachers were Nate Lyons, Krista Schoellhorn and Sara Rule.

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Parents and friends are welcome to watch the third annual Spelling Bee at James Avant Elementary at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Preliminary rounds in January led to five top spellers in each grade. They are first graders Kushiah McKinley, Jazmine Moncelli, Avion Murphy, Sydney Whitby and Everett Newbern; second graders Kendrick Lewis, Trenity Morris, Josiah Daniels, Tabryn Hall and Jada Lewis; third graders Darius Pickens, Tamadje Jones, Harmony Spears, Anahi Morales and Keya Cotton; fourth graders Ulises Mendez, Adan Luengas, Zayana Gray, Adryanna Lee and Monjae Lowery; and fifth graders Jaden Hale, Edward Ramirez, Ayanna Crawford, Jaylon James and Jeriyah White.

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Belle Valley School is planning the kindergarten registration, and is asking for reservations now. Registration will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 22 and 23 at the school at 2465 Amann Drive in Belleville. Propective kindergartners must be 5 by Sept. 11, and parents or guardians need to bring the child’s certified birth certificate and three proofs of residence. Future kindergartners are welcome at registration; call the school office at 618-236-5200 with any questions.

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Harmony-Emge School District 175 is planning kindergarten registration and is asking for reservations now. Registration will be between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. March 30, 31 and April 1. Evening registration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 31. Parents need to bring the child’s certified birth certificate, driver’s license, occupancy permit and other proof of residency. Call 618-538-6114 for more information.

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Pontiac-Wm Holliday District 105 is taking appointments for preschool screenings that will be May 14. Children who are district residents and who will be 3 or 4 on Sept. 1 will be tested for speech, language skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and cognitive skills. Call 233-7588 for an appointment.

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Several students from the metro-east have advanced to the semi-final rounds of the Fox Performing Arts St. Louis Teen Talent Competition on Saturday. The event is closed to the public. Students who will perform for a chance at being among the final 12 acts on April 24 include: Rayna Campbell, of Belleville East; Maya Speckhard, of Columbia High School, Jada Wright of Edwardsville High School; Christina Jones, Symphony Nguy and Kent Rousseau, of O’Fallon Township High School, and Ian Mannino, of Waterloo High School.

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Collinsville High School invites parents to a discovery night from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday for a family-friendly event to find out what the students learn in the fine arts department. Hands-on activities led by the fine arts staff is promised at the free event, but advance registration is required. Go to www.kahoks.org for more information and to register.

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Three winners will receive a $529 gift certificate from College Illinois!, and will be chosen based on the number of Facebook likes, comments and shares they receive during the voting period. The contest ends on April 6.

Download the College Illinois coloring book from College Illinois! Facebook page. The contest is for children 11 and younger; go to www.collegeillinois.org. for more information.

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Ten students from will be honored at the Madison County Urban League’s 38th annual dinner on Thursday with Empowered Youth Awards.

“Each year, we ask Madison County schools to nominate students that play an active role in making our community a better place,” says Brenda Walker McCain, MCUL President and CEO.

Honorees are: Brayden Shirley, of Trimpe Middle School; Carleigh Miller, of Venice Grade School; Claire Bollinger, of Roxana High School; Elisabeth Cipus, of Edwardsville High School; Hannah Batista, of Civic Memorial High School; Katrina Agustin, of Liberty Middle School; Kyra Green, of Alton Middle School; Lila Motley, of Lincoln Middle School; Milton Johnson, of Madison High School; and Nicholas Hatfield, of Alton High School.

Tickets for the annual dinner are $65 per person or $500 per table of eight. Call (618) 463-1906 for tickets.

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Elite Scholars Steam Academy is holding a Hollywood-inspired masquerade gala from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Fisher’s Restaurant at 2100 W. Main in Belleville. Tickets are $45 per person, or $2000 table sponsorship for 10 guests, and proceeds will benefit the Elite Scholars Steam Acadmey Scholarship Fund. The evening includes dinner, entertainment and a silent auction, with door prizes to the best dressed. Go to www.ess.academy, email ajones@ess.academy or call 618-726-2022 for tickets and more information.

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