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Macy S Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009

November 26, 2009 by USA Post 

Students in Collinsville High School’s world history and video production classes participated in the Illinois WWII Classroom Project by videotaping interviews with veterans to produce a digital video storybook. Visit wwii.ltc.k12.il.us to learn more about the project and see students’ videos.

Collinsville Middle School students raised $150 for the Adopt-a-Platoon program, a nationwide campaign that assists soldiers while they are on duty overseas.

A Belleville teacher is feeling “very blessed” for the role her school community has played in her battle with breast cancer.

Collinsville High School students Morgan Manning (seated) and Kristen Dugger listen to World War II veterans Mel Lindauer, of Belleville, and Ed Fiedler, of Swansea, who shared their old photos with students for their Illinois WWII Classroom Projects. The school's World History and Video Production classes participated in the project by videotaping interviews with veterans to produce a digital video storybook. - Provided/BND

Collinsville High School students Morgan Manning (seated) and Kristen Dugger listen to World War II veterans Mel Lindauer, of Belleville, and Ed Fiedler, of Swansea, who shared their old photos with students for their Illinois WWII Classroom Projects. The school's World History and Video Production classes participated in the project by videotaping interviews with veterans to produce a digital video storybook. - Provided/BND

“Here I am, this new teacher, and they’re so welcoming, they’re so giving and kind,” said Rebecca Miller, 38, a breast cancer survivor who has taught second grade at Blessed Sacrament School for two years. “They hardly know who I am and they’re just so willing. It just says a whole lot about who they are and their integrity.”

The school on Monday presented Miller with the $850 it raised with a weeklong bake sale organized by eighth-graders Gabby Hickey and Morgan Hartenstein.

“We just hope that she knows that we care for her and our whole school cares for her and that we’re all here to support her,” Gabby said.

Morgan said she and Gabby came up with the bake sale idea as a way to help Miller after hearing she had breast cancer. They said they were near tears when presenting her with the money they raised.

“I think the coolest part was when we saw Mrs. Miller’s face,” Morgan said. “She was so touched and that was the best part.”

Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and had a double mastectomy about five weeks ago, which she said has left her “completely clean.” She said she will use the school’s gift to pay off some medical bills, and the rest will go toward breast cancer awareness.

She described Gabby and Morgan as “wonderful girls” who “have their heart in the right place,” and thanked the school community for its support.

“It’s very heartwarming and I’m very lucky to be in such a great school, and to be involved in such a great community.”

Several Belleville students will participate in the 83rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. They include: Taylor Sisk, Ann Beyersdorfer and Natalie Eichelberger, of Althoff Catholic High School’s pom squad dance team; and Belleville East High School cheerleaders Samantha Stegman, Jessie Bugg, Jenny Biondo, Erik Busch and Audrey Goodson, Miranda Smith, Nicole Pfaff, Bobbie Jo Ballard, Taylor Bridges, Katie Kellow and Ericah Soto. The parade will air from 8 to 11 a.m. on NBC affiliate KSDK-TV, Channel 5. …

The Belleville West High School Marching Maroons were named Grand Champion Band at the 2009 Mardi Gras Festival in Pickneyville. The Marching Maroons also won First Place Band, and outstanding Percussion, Drum Major, Colorguard and Soloist awards, as well as first place Percussion, Drum Major and Colorguard awards in the parade competition.

Southwestern Illinois College will host an open house for homeschooled and adult students from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Tri-County Library, 209 S. Main St. in Troy. For more information, call Enrollment Services at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5444. …

Cathedral Grade School students, from age 3 to fourth-graders, taught their parents about the technology in their classrooms, including interactive white boards and computer slates that allow teachers to control the boards and their computers from anywhere in a classroom. About 150 students, parents and teachers spent about an hour sampling all the technology.

St. Mary-St. Augustine Catholic Grade School eighth-graders Brendan Reed, Adam Gauch and Mackenzie Burris won first, second and third places, respectively in the 2009 Knights of Columbus Essay Contest. …

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