Education Matters: Contests and fundraisers galore in metro-east

Bishop Edward Braxton congratulates Chris Haberl for 40 years of teaching at the Belleville Diocesan Convention at Holy Trinity Church on Oct. 9.
Bishop Edward Braxton congratulates Chris Haberl for 40 years of teaching at the Belleville Diocesan Convention at Holy Trinity Church on Oct. 9.

Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can enter a poster contest and have their work seen all across the state. The winning poster will be sent to all schools in Illinois as part of the 2016 Arts Education Week on March 14 to 20. The week’s theme is “There is Magic in the Arts!”

For more information, go to The contest is headed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Art Education Association. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 8.

Teacher’s service honored by pope

Chris Haberl received an award from Bishop Edward Braxton at the Belleville Diocesan Teacher’s Convention this month for his 40 years of teaching. Haberl also received a commemorative plaque signed by Pope Francis.

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Waterloo is accepting former and current students’ favorite stories about Haberl’s classes for a keepsake. Email with any memories to share.

School fundraisers

▪  Menard Auto Sales in Ruma, a Dodge dealer, provided $20 for each test drive during a fundraiser on Sept. 26 at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo. Dodge raised $4,720 for the school’s booster club.

▪  Dupo High School’s baseball team will earn 15 percent of any proceeds from purchases made at the Dupo Subway on Wednesday.

▪  Belleville West hosts a trivia night at 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the cost is $10 per person and each table is set for six to eight people. There will be cash and door prizes as well as special prizes for student tables. Food and snacks are welcome; alcohol is not permitted on the campus. Reserve tables by emailing or by calling 618-222-7622. Proceeds go to the English Department scholarship and the Belleville West student newspaper.

What’s that sign

Belleville District 201 agreed on Monday night to allow the Belleville East American Sign Language Club. Principal Jason Karstens wasn’t sure how many students were signed up for the club, but said it had to have a certain amount of support before the board would approve it.

Marching Festival

The Sainte Genevieve Marching Festival on Saturday at the Missouri high school will feature more than 20 high school bands, including a handful of metro-east bands. Belleville East, Alton, Highland, Murphysboro and Sparta bands will be traveling to Sainte Genevieve High School to participate. Admission cost is $8 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free for children age 5 and under.

Take a walk

More than 80 percent of students at Signal Hill School in Belleville walked to school on the National Walk to School Day on Oct. 7. Members of the school’s Wellness Team also walked or biked to school; and staff members wore bright neon-colored character education shirts to help encourage and watch over the students. Signal Hill officials say 83 percent of students participated in the event.

Fall Festival

Belle Valley’s seventh- and eighth-graders can enjoy kickball, wiffle ball, dancing and more at the fall festival on Friday at the school. The cost is $3, and concessions are available.

Saint Paul’s School touts academic success

Saint Paul’s Lutheran School in Troy has released its results from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills taken in the spring. The first-graders scored better than the national average. The same test showed eighth-grade students were showing the grade equivalency of students in the 10th grade.