• School District 189 Community Partners

    Healthy schools and healthy communities are intrinsically linked. When communities work together to provide both effective schools and strong systems of support to children and youth in poverty, then we offer them the best hope for a better life. District 189 students, teachers and leadership benefit from a number of partnerships – some which are one-time and targeted – to partners that are deeply engaged in strategies to align activities, curriculum and supports. All are supporting efforts to improve outcomes for young people and to ensure our children and youth are ready for success in college, work and life.

    If your organization is interested in exploring a partnership with School District 189, please contact Sydney Stigge-Kaufman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, by email at sydney.stigge-kaufman@estl89.com or by phone at 618.646.3086.

    A snapshot of our partners include:

     

    HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERS

    • SIUE – HeadStart program; Upward Bound program; Kindergarten Readiness Camp; parent engagement at preschool level

    • SWIC – Running Start dual enrollment; dual credit with Career and Technical Education program

    • University of Illinois Extension – Provides nutrition/wellness workshops to students and technical assistance for Smarter Lunchroom Assessments, Breakfast After the Bell and Wellness Policy updates

    • Washington University – MSW interns; professional development for social workers

    • National Louis University - Graduate school partner for the Urban Educator Teacher Residency Program
    • McKendree University – Volunteers

    • Greenville College – Volunteers

     

    COMMUNITY PARTNERS

    • East Side Aligned – Group of committed cross-section stakeholders working to align policy, practice and investment to move the needle on student outcomes and life preparation

    • Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership – Group of early childhood providers expanding the number of children that receive early learning services and supports; advancing high quality early childhood programs and staff training; establish common data collection process and data sharing to support continuous improvement

    • Youth Coordinating Council – Group of out-of-school providers focused on K-3 reading aligned with district, in-school and out-of-school alignment, music/arts and expanding capacity for serving more students

    • Regional Office of Education – Truant referrals; professional development

    • City of East St. Louis and State’s Attorney’s Office – Implementation of truancy ordinance

    • SWIC Foster Grandparents (Senior Corps) – Volunteers to serve students and classrooms within schools

    • Lessie Bates RSVP Program – Volunteers to serve students and classrooms within schools

    • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – Provides youth employment opportunities; parent engagement support

    • St. Louis Area Foodbank – Provides pallets of food items monthly during school year for distribution to the community for Flyers Feeding Families

    • Better Family Life – Delivers teen pregnancy prevention education at secondary level

    • East Side Health District – Delivers teen pregnancy prevention education at secondary level

    • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center - Support for 5th grade class to attend Water Festival
    • Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts – Engage with specific schools to provide student supports
    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Provides donations of bookbags for elementary students

    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Volunteers and targeted activities

    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

    • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. – Volunteers and targeted activities

    • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

    • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

    • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc – Volunteers and targeted activities

    • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

    • United Way – Provides donations of bookbags for elementary students; meeting space

    • East St. Louis Fire Department – Assistance for individual student families in need; volunteers in schools

    • Jackie Joyner Kersee – Meets with students across the district to promote fitness and inspire students

    • Senator Clayborne – Support for the annual fall HBCU College tour

    • Local Law Enforcement – Volunteers during Community Policing Week

    • Academy for Urban School Leadership – Supports the urban education teacher residency program

    • Join Hands ESL - Builds relationships with children and families through mentoring programs and the Ubuntu Center for Peace

     

    EMPLOYER PARTNERS

    • MilliporeSigma (Sigma-Aldrich) – Provide STEM volunteers to come to classrooms; experiential learning opportunities

    • Ameren Missouri – Deliver Skilled Craft Education Program within classroom

    • BJC Healthcare – Support CTE training and work-based learning opportunities

    • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Support CTE training and work-based learning opportunities

    • Touchette Regional Hospital – Support work-based learning opportunities

    • Federal Reserve Bank – Provide one-day job shadow experience for high school students

    • Boeing – Funded grants to support data sharing, after-school quality youth programming and ST Math supplemental program for pre-school; donated hundreds of computers; STEM field trips; furniture donations

    • Purina – Fund field trips for service learning; Mutt-I-Grees Humane Education curriculum/training

    • Casino Queen – Annually provides toys to all district children in grades pre-K-2

    • Chartwells – Provides holiday turkeys to families in need

    • State Farm – Support for the annual fall HBCU College tour

    • Swarovski  – Support for 5th grade class to attend Water Festival

    • FW Logistics - Donations of stuffed animals, back to school supplies and clothing

     

    FAITH-BASED PARTNERS

    • Mt. Sinai M.B. Church – Provides case management services to housing residents and ensures that children are attending school

    • New Life Community Center – Provides volunteers

    • New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church – Provides student mentoring program

    • Rebirth Ministries  –  Mentorship and vocational skill development via home rehabilitation