Little Medical School plays host to tomorrow’s doctors at annual camp

Mike, Dawn and Emily Gastro with Dan Crafton president of the Lewis & Clark SAR Chapter. Emily won a scholarship from the group.
Mike, Dawn and Emily Gastro with Dan Crafton president of the Lewis & Clark SAR Chapter. Emily won a scholarship from the group.

Belleville’s Lindenwood University campus hosted the fourth annual Little Medical School camp for elementary students to learn more about medicine.

The 16 elementary-aged students learned about how the body and organs work, how to use medical instruments and to administer first aid. They learned through interactive demonstrations and made crafts.

“We love offering Little Medical School here at Lindenwood University-Belleville, because it’s a great way to continue to facilitate learning through the summer months,” said Andrea Frazier, assistant professor in the School of Accelerated Degree Programs. “It’s great to see the children have so much fun as they learn new and exciting things.”

Students received scholarships to attend the camp, and it was underwritten by a local business owner. The instructor was Dejan York, an education student at Harris-Stowe University. Three former Little Medical School campers, Carina Chalmers, Nehemiah Peals, and Tia Perkins, all of Belleville, returned to camp as physician’s assistants.


▪  Jonathan Powles, of Belleville West, earned a $1,000 scholarship from the Millstadt Civic Club on May 19. He plans to study mechanical engineering and pre-med at Vanderbilt University. Jonathan was in student council, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, Math Team, Science Olympiad and more at Belleville West. Jonathan is the son of Jerry Powles and Theresa Powles of Millstadt.

▪  Emily Gastro, of Waterloo High School, earned a $500 scholarship from The Lewis & Clark Chapter of the Illinois Society of Sons of the American Revolution. Emily plans to study pharmacy at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. The $500 Jim Lattig Scholarship is named for a former chapter member and WHS math teacher. His family has given the scholarship to the winner of the Sons of the American Revolution Outstanding Citizenship Award at Waterloo High School.

Mark your calendars

The Back to School Fun Fair is Aug. 2, where incoming students can get a backpack full of school supplies.

It’s for children entering kindergarten through eighth grades at BASSC, Belleville District 118, Belle Valley District 119, Governor French Academy, Harmony District 175, Signal Hill District 181, Whiteside District 115, Blessed Sacrament, Notre Dame Academy, Sister Thea Bowman, St. Teresa and Queen of Peace Catholic schools.

The fair will have school physicals and dental exams; it will also have face painting, games, and hot dogs, chips and drinks.

For more information, go to or call 618-233-2015.

Photo contest

Homeschooled students ages 7 to 19 are eligible to enter an annual photo contest and win more than $200 in cash.

The Home School Legal Defense Association has three age groups, which have different subject matter, in the contest. Ages 7 to 10 are shooting “little treasures that fill our lives color and joy,” according to a news release. Ages 11 to 14 are submitting “pairs,” and ages 15 to 19 need to submit “what’s this?” For more information, go to

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