Education

Students win thousands to continue ‘positive change’ in their schools

Jeff Prosser, left, Tim Cadagin, Nickie Cashdollar, Kevin Cadagin, and Greg Wiegers pose when Nickie is awarded a $1000 scholarship from Cadigin-Prosser Financial Group.
Jeff Prosser, left, Tim Cadagin, Nickie Cashdollar, Kevin Cadagin, and Greg Wiegers pose when Nickie is awarded a $1000 scholarship from Cadigin-Prosser Financial Group.

Edwardsville, Triad, Collinsville and Granite City high schools are among the nine high schools that will receive $4,000 fellowships. Students from the schools made the winning proposals in May to the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, in Edwardsville. The students identified and researched problems in their schools and communities and presented plans that would address those issues. They were given $1,000 in May and will be given the rest of the award in September.

“Each of the projects demonstrates and reflects the commitment of these schools to positive change,” said MJCH Foundation Executive Director Ed Hightower, who retired as superintendent of Edwardsville District 7.

The projects had to focus on the MJCH Foundations four core values: respect, dignity, understanding and forgiveness. The plans must have measurable outcomes and be able to be replicated by other schools or community groups.

Edwardsville High School Principal Dennis Cramsey said his students chose to enhance an existing program, which helps welcome new students into the school.

“The culture that exists at EHS is so positive due, in part, to our students taking leadership roles and always searching for ways to make student life better,” Cramsey said. “The work done through the ‘Conversation Toward a Brighter Future’ project does just that – it makes student life better by developing strategies and activities that better equip a new student to be a student with a positive attitude, high standards and a desire to be a person of influence.”

The other winning high schools were Alton, Civic Memorial, Center for Educational Opportunities, East Alton-Wood River, and Madison Senior High.

Middle schools that won were Alton Middle School, Venice School, Lincoln and Liberty Middle Schools, East Alton Middle School, Coolidge Jr. High School, Collinsville Middle School, Triad Middle School, Madison Junior High School, Trimpe Middle School and Roxana Junior High School.

For more information, go to the MJCH Foundation at www.mjchf.org. on the “Conversation Toward a Brighter Future” program, visit

Scholarship winners

▪  Nickie Cashdollar won a $1,000 scholarship from Cadagin-Prosser Financial Group. She plans to pursue a degree in business management from the University of Kentucky.

▪ Henry Lu, of Edwardsville High School, Hanna Liljegren, of Collinsville High School, and Bailee Ann Warsing, of Granite City High School, each won $2,000 per year for four years from The Bank of Edwardsville’s Community Scholarship Program. Scholarships were based on leadership and character in academics and community activities.

Henry plans to study biomedical engineering with a pre-med track at Vanderbilt University. Hanna plans to study biology with a pre-med track at Truman State University, where she will also play soccer. Bailee plans to study biochemistry and biotechnology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Report card rewards

Find a smart kid and his or her report card because several area businesses are offering discounts and freebies for great grades. Other businesses also offer discounts, but those are done through schools.

▪  Family Video: Through June, get a free overnight video or game rental for every A received in a core subject.

▪  Krispy Kreme: Bring the child and report card inside for a free glazed donut per A. Prekindergarten through college students are eligible.

▪  Chuck E. Cheese: 10 free tokens with a food purchase with any report card for C and above.

School supplies

At the start of summer vacation, some elementary and middle schools are already thinking about fall school supplies.

  • Wolf Branch Elementary: Kits range from kindergarten’s $37.81 to $74.38 for third grade. No kits include a backpack or lunch box. To order online, go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/WBES. Shipping costs are not included.
  • Wolf Branch Middle School: Kits start at about $73 for fifth graders (Girls’ cost two cents more) to $92 for seventh grade. Go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/WBMS to order online; shipping costs are not included.
  • Mascoutah Elementary School: Kits start at $40.97 for kindergarten up to $61.51 for second grade. Go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/mascoutah; orders placed by June 1 can be shipped to the school for free, cost does not include shipping to home.
  • Belle Valley Elementary School is offering school supplies through Educational Products. Go to At the start of summer vacation, some elementary and middle schools are already thinking about fall school supplies.
  • Wolf Branch Elementary: Kits range from kindergarten’s $37.81 to $74.38 for third grade. No kits include a backpack or lunch box. To order online, go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/WBES. Shipping costs are not included.
  • Wolf Branch Middle School: Kits start at about $73 for fifth graders (Girls’ cost two cents more) to $92 for seventh grade. Go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/WBMS to order online; shipping costs are not included.
  • Mascoutah Elementary School: Kits start at $40.97 for kindergarten up to $61.51 for second grade. Go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/mascoutah; orders placed by June 1 can be shipped to the school for free, cost does not include shipping to home.
  • Belle Valley Elementary School is offering school supplies through the Education Products Inc. Go to https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks and type in school code BEL211 by June 15, packs range from $35 to $65 and can be picked up between 7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Parent Teacher Organization meeting.
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