Education Matters: Metro-east Girls on the Run take to St. Louis

Estelle Sauget School of Choice students and adults participated in the Girls on the Run race in St. Louis on Saturday.
Estelle Sauget School of Choice students and adults participated in the Girls on the Run race in St. Louis on Saturday. Provided photo

Students from metro-east schools including Henry Raab in Belleville, Estelle Sauget School of Choice in Cahokia, and Millstadt participated in the Girls on the Run race on Saturday in St. Louis.

Several area schools participate in Girls on the Run, an activity-based program that helps girls socially, psychologically and physically by combining lessons and running training.

Jamie Buss, principal of Henry Raab, said 16 girls have been in the program since September, and 12 of them participated in the race. Henry Raab’s team is having a food drive, and its goal is to collect 220 items by the end of November.

The team from the School of Choice collected socks for Kid President’s Socktober, collecting the clothing for Opal's House in East St. Louis. Their goal was 100 pairs, but the girls collected more than 800.

Art workshop includes contest

More than 100 students from Monroe and Randolph counties participated in Art du Jour on Nov. 13 at the Southwestern Illinois College Red Bud Campus. The students were from Gibault, Red Bud and Waterloo high schools.

Hands-on workshops that day included metalworking and stage makeup. Their artwork was judged by high school art instructors and was on display at the campus for a week.

The top three winners in each category were:

▪  Drawing: Cora Trask, Red Bud High School; Abby Hasenstab, Gibault High School; and Alison Wagner, Waterloo High School

▪  Painting: Morgan Wiegand, Fei Yang, and Elizabeth Patrick, all of Gibault High School

▪  Sculpture: Youjin Jung, Christ Our Savior High School in Evansville

▪  Photography: Hannah Wetzel, Red Bud High School; Joshua Duty, Waterloo High School; Olivia Beattie, Sparta High School

▪  Computer art: Dylan Linders and David Kothe, both of Steeleville High School; and Collin Besher, Red Bud High School

▪  Mixed Media: Megan Thompson and Abby Becker, both of Red Bud High School, and Ana Coulter, of Sparta High School

▪  People’s Choice: Lauren Schmidt, Gibault High School

▪  Best of Show: Cora Trask, Red Bud High School

▪  Best T-shirt design: Therese Beabout, Gibault High School

Win yearbooks

Friday is the deadline to enter your school to win 100 free yearbooks. Picaboo Yearbooks Corporation will provide the yearbooks to the school that shows a “compelling reason” for the prize. The website suggests compelling reasons include wanting every student to get a copy, or the school winning a special championship and wanting to commemorate the season. Go to for the form and complete rules.

Highland girl wins Gold Award

Jessica Drewer, of Highland, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her “Music, Reading, Healthy Eating” project.

Jessica provided the KinderCottage in East St. Louis with a bookshelf and books for the library. She knew what the center needed, because she had previously volunteered there with her church’s youth group.

She created a music program by making homemade instruments from recycled materials and designed a coloring book of the instruments. Jessica also made sure every child entering kindergarten had a backpack and school supplies, as well as provided healthy snacks for all the children.

“Not everyone has everything,” Jessica said in a statement. “Sometimes we must be selfless and reach out to those in need.”

Jessica is the daughter of Carole Drewer, and a 2015 graduate of Highland High School. She was a Girl Scout for 12 years.

Books donated

The local chapter of the National Society of Children of the American Revolution gave several books to the Scott Air Force Base Library in October. The Six Mile Prairie chapter donated five books in the Primary Sources of American Symbols series to the library about the American Flag, the White House and more.

President Leanna Spiker, of Collinsville, and incoming president for 2016, Clarissa Pavao, of Shiloh, presented the books to the library. Leanna attends Father McGivney High in Glen Carbon, and Clarissa goes to Mater Dei in Breese.

Veterans Day activities

▪ The Cahokia High School JROTC Cadet Battalion Staff visited the Bulldogs of Gardner Elementary in Waterloo the day before Veterans Day. The cadets taught the student to stomp, clap and “bark” for the veterans and taught them about Veterans Day.

The JROTC cadets then went to the East Saint Louis Veterans Center where they posted and retired the colors for their Veterans Day ceremony.

▪  The Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis took its Legacy Project to Ellis Elementary and Emge Junior High schools in Belleville last week to participate in Veterans Day activities. The project’s goal is to connect past, present and future, believing that each generation can inspire another.

Members of the Legacy Project asked the elementary students to draw pictures of what serving our country means to them. The project planned to use active duty military members to deliver the pictures to Belleville veterans. On Nov. 4, Army staff sergeants James Long and Michael Kimberly went to Ellis Elementary to visit the students.