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Monsanto Fund, Arts & Education Council Grants To Rural Communities

Monsanto Fund, Arts & Education Council Grants To Rural Communities

The Monsanto Fund, in collaboration with the Arts and Education Council, has awarded $20,000 in grants to 10 arts and arts education programs dedicated to bringing artists and entertainers into the classrooms and performance venues of the region's rural communities.

Thanks to the generous support of the Monsanto Fund, people living in the counties and rural communities surrounding the St. Louis metropolitan area have the opportunity to enjoy quality arts and cultural performances and programming, ensuring that the arts remain accessible to all.

With these grants, the Monsanto Fund and the Arts and Education Council will provide direct support to arts and arts education projects whose reach extends to rural communities within the bi-state, 16-county St. Louis area, bringing life-enriching arts experiences and opportunities to children, teens and adults, including at-risk, disadvantaged, economically-challenged and underserved populations.

Cinderella Project Of St. Louis

There's  a young women somewhere dreaming  of being a princess at an upcoming  prom. Some area teens don’t have the means to purchase a new dress for prom. Hope is on the way! The Cinderella Project and the Community Council of St. Louis are  making dreams come true.“ I really deserve to go to  the prom,that's the one day that during high school  a young girl can be a princess," said one high school senior.

During prom season  the Cinderella Project provides  dresses to 150 girls from the metro area who received a free gown, custom alterations and gifts of hairdos and makeovers for the day of their prom.
With the wave of a wand,  the Cinderella project  and the  Community Council  of St. Louis has collected hundreds  of new and gently worn dresses  .

Reception Welcomes Gen. Fraser To Scott Air Force Base

Reception Welcomes Gen. Fraser To Scott Air Force Base

General William Fraser, III, and his wife Bev, were honored March 2nd at a cocktail reception welcoming them to the St. Louis region and celebrating his recent appointment as Commander of the United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base.

The reception was hosted by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, Civic Progress, The Regional Business Council, St. Louis RCGA and the Belle Scott Committee.  The event was held at the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis, where more than 100 well-wishers gathered to greet the General and his wife.

General Fraser brings to this vital command nearly four decades of extensive wartime, contingency and humanitarian relief operational experience. He came to Scott from Langley Air Force Base, Va., where he served as commander of the Air Combat Command, and also as Air Component Commander for the U.S. Joint Forces Command, leading over 130,000 Total Force Airmen.

Local Ag Teacher Receives National Recognition & New Truck

Local Ag Teacher Receives National Recognition & New Truck

Toyota Motor Sales awards a brand new Toyota Tundra truck to Waterloo High School Teacher Tim McDermott. McDermott earned the truck as part of being honored with the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

McDermott received the truck on February 10th at the Waterloo High School Senior Night Basketball Game. Kevin McDermott, District Manager of Toyota Motor Sales was on hand to present the keys to the 2012 Toyota Tundra during halftime.

Navy Seabee Hears Unborn Baby's Heartbeat Half A World Away

Many couples will be spending Valentine's Day sharing the love in their hearts. For one metro east couple an extra heart is beating this holiday. Thanks to technology a man serving in the Navy in Afghanistan got to hear his unborn baby's heart beat from an ultrasound in Belleville. Brandon and Lauren Winkelmann were nearly seven thousand miles apart at one of the most memorable moments in the lives of expectant parents.

Lauren was having her first ultra sound and Brandon was included via her cell phone.

"Oh Brandon, can you hear that?", said Jana Elbe, Lauren's mom, as she recorded the moment on her cell phone. "It was crazy I mean the first time you hear your child's heartbeat, it's life changing", Lauren said.

Allsup Bowls To Change The Lives Of Metro East Children

Allsup Bowls To Change The Lives Of Metro East Children

Once again, Allsup employees will take to the lanes to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois during the company’s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser on Thursday, March 8. The event has grown so large that for the first time it will take place at two locations: St. Clair Bowl at 5950 Old Collinsville Road in Fairview Heights and Bel-Air Bowl at 200 S. Belt West in Belleville.

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraisers throughout the Metro East community in February and March. Funds raised will be used to recruit, screen, train and match adult volunteers with girls and boys through the nationally recognized mentoring program.

Class Ring Returned After 50 Years

Our story begins where it ended, at Red Bud High School. Fifty-nine years ago Orville Dumstorff was a teenager in this tiny gym.

"He was very quiet," remembers Joan Rahn. "He was only here his junior and senior year and he was very quiet."

"Very quiet," agrees Ruth Menard. "Very quiet. He was not a clown or anything. He was a nice man."

He wore a class ring, graduated and joined the Marines. While stationed in California, Dumstorff decided to see the Palomar Mountain Observatory.

"We got up there and it was snowing, so they closed the doors and we never got to see the telescope," says Orville Dumstorff.

But things snowballed into a, well, snowball fight. In the cold chaos, the class ring slipped off his finger, lost forever, until three weeks ago when his brother called.

"I was kind of thinking 'What could happen to my class ring?'," says Dumstorff. "I ain't got no class ring."