Coats for kids
The Wentzville School District and the Wentzville Fire Protection District distributed hundreds of free coats to local students through Operation Warm on Oct. 10.
The fire protection district partnered with the school district and raised over $15,000 through fundraising efforts, supplying 474 brand new coats for children in need. The coats were purchased by the firefighters with proceeds from a Trivia Night event held in September.
Operation Warm and the Coats for Kids Foundation were founded in 1998 on a national level to assist local organizations with providing quality, American-made coats to kids in need. This is the third year the districts have partnered to provide coats for children.
Over the past three years, the fire protection district has supplied over 1,000 coats for WSD students through Operation Warm. Firefighter-Paramedic Nick Box helped organize this year’s effort.
“The children of our community are our future. Providing children with safety and comfort is a necessity to us,” Box said.
Castlio Elementary wins partnership award
Francis Howell School District’s Castlio Elementary has won a 2015 Partnership School Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University.
The school was honored for strengthening and sustaining a comprehensive program of school, family and community partnerships.
The National Network of Partnership Schools recognized Castlio’s parent and community involvement efforts for their Tech Fest and Wellness Fair. They praised the teamwork, community support and high involvement from the school community in the Wellness Fair.
As recipients of this award, Castlio will receive special recognition in the fall issue of the NNPS magazine and a prize of $500 to be used to support Castlio parent and community involvement activities.
Mike Rowe presents scholarship to Heritage Landing student
Ben Diggs, a 2015 graduate of the Francis Howell School District’s Heritage Landing Alternative Program, recently earned a scholarship through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, begun by television star Mike Rowe, of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs”.
The scholarship offers financial assistance to those who seek training in skilled trades. Diggs received the scholarship for not being college-bound and for showing interest in welding.
One of his teachers, Janette Marie Lenk, said, “I had been showing my students ‘Dirty Jobs’ episodes for years to help show that there are lots of interesting, necessary, and well-paying jobs out there without a need for college.”
Rowe founded the scholarship program to help support the skilled trades that represent a large number of unfilled jobs in the U.S. Its goal is that people like Diggs, will help to close that skills gap.
Francis Howell students artwork exhibited
The annual “Mentor Me” program gives teachers and students a chance to collaborate on an artistic exhibition. Six Francis Howell School District students, three each from Barnwell Middle School and Bryan Middle School, respectively, teamed up with teachers from those schools to participate in the show.
The show is a chance to not only recognize these students for their creativity and imagination, but also an opportunity to recognize what Francis Howell schools are doing to help students develop their skills in fine arts.
Barnwell eighth graders Jenna Perry, Lauren Shah and Cole Ward all had watercolors in the exhibition. Representing Bryan Middle School were eighth-graders Olivia Brock, Molly Allsup and Emma Schetter.