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Education Matters: Signal Hill student imagines a day without water, wins statewide contest

“A Day Without Water Will Cause Farmers To Lose Their Crops”, by Grace Elizabeth Vahlkamp of Signal Hill School, is among eight winners across the state in Illinois American Water’s annual contest.
“A Day Without Water Will Cause Farmers To Lose Their Crops”, by Grace Elizabeth Vahlkamp of Signal Hill School, is among eight winners across the state in Illinois American Water’s annual contest. Provided photo

A fourth-grader at Signal Hill Grade School in Belleville was among those recognized across the state by Illinois American Water for its art contest.

Grace Elizabeth Vahlkamp was among eight winners of the “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest, held in conjunction with a national event to increase awareness about water service. Grace drew a picture depicting, “a day without water will cause farmers to lose their crops.”

Grace’s piece and others is on the Illinois American Water Facebook page and will be featured in a future bill insert.

App challenge open to some

Students interested in coding and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields have another avenue to pursue those fields with the 2016 Congressional App Challenge.

High school students living in the 13th Congressional District may participate. Students not living in U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ district may go to the www.congressionalappchallenge.us to find out how to encourage your representative to participate.

Students, individuals or in teams of up to four, must submit the app’s source code online by Jan 15, along with a video demonstration that explains their app and what was learned during the process.

For additional details, visit www.congressionalappchallenge.us or contact Jen White in Davis’ office at 217-403-4690 or jen.white@mail.house.gov.

Dental day makes an impression

Students from East S. Louis, Cahokia and Madison attended Dentists for a Day workshops in November at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

The 16 Upward Bound students joined in the daylong program that included making alginate impressions and interviews with dental students.

“We talked about how their mouth is connected to the rest of their body and how inflammation in the mouth affects the heart, lungs, joints and more,” said Poonam Jain, director of Community Dentistry at SDM. “We also discussed how sugars, acids, food and snacks affect the mouth and health.”

This year marks the seventh year the SDM has hosted Upward Bound Math and Science Program students. “Seven years ago, I got a grant to fund this program,” Jain said. “It’s been such a big success that when the grant ran out, we decided to keep doing it with money out of our budget. We are giving the students valuable information and exposing them to the career and the joys of being a dentist.”

The SIUE Upward Bound Math and Science Program is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education and motivate their exploration of science, mathematics and related educational professions.

Optimist dinner honors moral character

Junior high teachers at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School picked Eric Schreder and Julia Mannix to represent the school at the Waterloo Optimist dinner in November. They were honored for their leadership and moral character.

SPPCS alumni Morgan Wiegand and Grace Floerke, both students at Gibault Catholic High School, were also honored at the dinner.

Sixth-graders are storytellers

Sixth-graders at Millstadt Consolidated School showed off their storytelling skills at family reading night at the school on Nov. 16.

The language arts students read folktales and other stories and learned about the practice of storytelling and methods from a local storyteller.

The students told stories, including folktales, scary and humorous stories at the family reading night.

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