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Education Matters: Student will advise Collinsville school board

Katelyn Reiniger and Jake Cadagin, of St. John Neumann Catholic School, hung out with the Cardinal’s Fredbird for a day at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Katelyn Reiniger and Jake Cadagin, of St. John Neumann Catholic School, hung out with the Cardinal’s Fredbird for a day at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Cameron Tanzyus, a senior at Collinsville High School, is the district’s first student board member.

The Board of Education hopes to learn the opinions and concerns of its students in Collinsville Community School District 10, and appointed Cameron to bridge the board-to-student gap. He is the first student to be appointed to the board; serving in only an advisory capacity. Cameron says the position “comes with a responsibility to help educate the student body about the Board of Education and why things happen the way they do.”

Cameron also is co-president of the German Club and the 2015 Vex Robotics Project Leader. He volunteers at the local food pantry, the YMCA and his church.

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The polos and khakis can stay in the closet for Ellis Elementary students on Friday, if only they bring a dollar. The dress-down day, which must remain school-appropriate, will raise money for the St. Louis Zoo’s Adopt an Animal program. The school’s character education theme this year is oceans, and money raised will go to a marine animal, such as sea lions, penguins or sting rays. All the money from the dress-down day, as well as the proceeds from the aluminum pull-tab recycling, will go to the zoo. Donations of more than $1 are accepted. Principal David Deets, of Ellis and the Harmony Intermediate Center, says the dress-down day is only for Ellis, it does not apply to Harmony or to Emge.

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Secretary of State Jesse White, who also is the state librarian, is again taking submissions in the annual “Letters About Literature” contest. It is a national reading and writing competition sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book.

For the contest, students read a book, poem or play and write the author a letter about how the work changed the student’s life or view of the world. Students in the fourth through sixth grades letters are due by Jan. 11; students in the seventh through 12th grades have their letters due by Dec. 4.

Three Illinois winners will each receive a $200 cash award, the teacher of the winning student will receive $100 to buy materials for the school library. For more information, call Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or bmatheis@ilsos.net; or go to http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org.

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Fox Sports Midwest on Cardinal Kids TV will feature two students from St. John Neumann Catholic School in Maryville on Sept. 26. Second-grader Jake Cadagin and fourth-grader Katelyn Reiniger dressed up as surgeons to perform a mock procedure on Fredbird at SSM Health Carinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Jake and Katelyn were randomly chosen for the television spot.

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At least two local school districts will participate in the federally funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. More than 200 Illinois schools are in the program, including Brooklyn and East St. Louis schools. More than $5 million is awarded in Illinois in order to provide students free fresh fruits and vegetables to students outside of their regular school meal. This is the seventh year the Illinois State Board of Education has administered the program.

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