Education

Immaculate Conception School gets golden prize worth $15,000

Immaculate Conception School, in Columbia, won the Emerson Gold Star Teamwork award, a total of $15,000. At the presentation were award winner Tiffany Taylor, left, ICS Principal Mike Kish, Patrick Sy, vice president of Emerson, and grant team members Angela Ettling, Karen Weiler and Cyra Herrmann.
Immaculate Conception School, in Columbia, won the Emerson Gold Star Teamwork award, a total of $15,000. At the presentation were award winner Tiffany Taylor, left, ICS Principal Mike Kish, Patrick Sy, vice president of Emerson, and grant team members Angela Ettling, Karen Weiler and Cyra Herrmann.

Immaculate Conception School won a $10,000 grant from Emerson. The school in Columbia also gets another $5,000 to help cover expenses related to its proposal.

Teachers Angela Ettling, Cyra Herrmann and Karen Weiler applied to Emerson’s grant process to win money to buy Legos robotics sets to use throughout the school. ICS serves more than 300 preschool through eighth-grade students.

Emerson annually recognizes 100 teachers in their fields in the greater St. Louis area. At least two $2,500 cash grants are awarded, as well as an equal amount to the school, in the individual category. ICS won the sole grant in the teamwork category.

Jump Rope for Heart

Ellis Elementary and Harmony Intermediate schools kept Principal David Deets and Assistant Principal Terri Kraemer hopping on Friday.

That afternoon, Deets, Kraemer and physical education teacher Travis Lewis helped the Ellis students celebrate a successful Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The 27 students from Ellis and Harmony who had raised more than $150 for Jump Rope for Heart got to throw color at the principals and teacher during a color run. The district raised more than $8,000 in the campaign.

“They had a blast, and we became very colorful quickly,” Deets said.

Summer classes

The East St. Louis Higher Education Campus will have music and dance classes this summer for students aged 6 to 17. The $175 cost, $75 per additional child from the same family, includes daily lunches and field trips during the Monday through Friday camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 though July 29.

Instructors for this year’s summer program are Jack Williams and Earl Wilkes, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Performing Arts staff; Gerald Williams, Venezia Manuel and Tashayla Montgomery, all SIUE Performing Arts program alumni; and Arturo Miller, SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School alumnus.

“Because of support and funding from the community and SIUE, we are excited that we can once again offer our summer program,” Williams said. “Students will learn life skills, how to get along with others, leadership qualities, and how to express themselves in a positive and productive way.”

Future CEOs

This year’s Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities trade show featured baked goods and shower caddies, among other entrepreneurial efforts by high school students.

Melony Allen, of Belleville East, founded Sprout the 8, a nonprofit organization dedicated to turning urban areas into gardens, such as in East St. Louis. Montez Douglas, of Belleville East, founded Douglas Gourmet Bakery; and Cassandra Amorado, of Althoff, invented Infinity Caddy, a customized shower caddy.

The CEO program helps students tour local businesses, met and learn from entrepreneurs, write business plans and develop their own business.

Scholarships

▪  Ashley Burgess, John Collins, Nathaniel Jackstadt, Chayse Richardson, Cameron Tanzyus, and Brett Metzger each received a $1,000 scholarship from the City of Collinsville Educational Scholarship Foundation.

▪  Joshua Dima, an eighth-grader at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Belleville, received the Ella Prickett Memorial Scholarship to attend Althoff Catholic High School next year. The $1,500 scholarship is renewable. The Parish Life Committee of St. Henry Catholic Church named Joshua the recipient based on academic standards, extra-curricular activities, community service and a written essay about why the applicant wants to attend Althoff.

The scholarship is named for Ella Prickett, a St. Henry Parishioner who died at age 8 from a rare form of pediatric cancer.

▪  Two St. John Neumann Catholic School eighth graders received the Cathy Hill Memorial Scholarships to attend Father McGivney Catholic High School.

Mary-Margaret Benware was awarded $1,500, and Clint Conness was awarded $1,000 to attend the high school.

▪  The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation announced that Brianna Fetters will receive a $1,000 one-year scholarship to attend Southwestern Illinois College.

Memorial Garden

Two benches were dedicated in honor of two education activists, Mary McHugh and Mary Johnson. McHugh was a teacher at Franklin Elementary who died in 2014; Johnson was principal there when the Franklin Neighborhood Community Association was founded. The two benches were dedicated at The Franklin Memory Garden on May 19 at Franklin Elementary School.

The Franklin Neighborhood Association dedicated the benches and garden as a peaceful setting to those who “have given so much of their time and effort in nurturing children.”

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