• 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 from School Year 2016-2017 include:

     

    HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERS

    • SIUE – HeadStart program; Upward Bound program; STEM teacher training and digital learning camp; Kindergarten Readiness Camp; parent engagement at preschool level; exploring options to support teacher training

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

    • University of Illinois Extension – Provided 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

    • 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

    • Innovation Zone and 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

    • Summer Youth Project – Coordinate safe activities/places for kids during summer

    • Regional Office of Education – Truant referrals; professional development; one-time specialty grants

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

    • AmeriCorps NCCC – Allocates team of 10 for full-time summer service throughout schools and city

    • SWIC Foster Grandparents (Senior Corps) – Volunteers to serve with Operation AmeriCorps

    • Lessie Bates RSVP Program – Volunteers to serve with Operation AmeriCorps

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

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

    • Aesop’s Attic – Provided 5-day literacy training for K-5 reading interventions, valued at $5000

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

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

    • Give Kids a Smile – Provides free dental exams and treatment to 25 middle school students annually

    • 4-H – Provides targeted curriculums, activities and supplies that engage youth in safe, healthy, and enriching environments that contribute to social, emotional, physical, and academic success

    • Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts – Engage with specific schools to provide student supports

    • YMCA  – Offers a variety of free activities that help develop the mind, body and spirit

    • Challenger Learning Center – Providing 4th graders with scholarships to attend Jr. Astronaut program

    • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center – Support for 5th grade class to attend Water Festival

    • 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 – Exploring options to support teacher training

     

    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

    • 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

    • Career Advancement Network and AT&T – Provide technical assistance and some funding to launch East Side Works and promote employer engagement and work-based learning opportunities

     

    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