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Grab and Go Student Meals

Grab and Go Meals

Now serving Grab and Go Meals twice weekly!

Through the summer, student Grab and Go meals will be provided twice a week on Wednesdays and Friday.  Instead of having daily distributions, children and youth will receive a large pack out on Wednesdays and Fridays that will include multiple days worth of food. The Grab and Go Meals will be distributed at multiple locations, including several School District 189 schools, a number of community centers, and a few mobile bus routes from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  Families may stop by one of these locations to pick up the student Grab and Go Meal box every Wednesday and Friday.  



Serving sites include:
CENTERS (serving 10am-Noon - meals provided by bus for pickup)
- Deshields Center at 1235 McCasland Avenue
- Griffin Center at 2630 Lincoln
- Roosevelt center at 1328 North 44th Street
- Orr Weathers Center at 1400 East Broadway
SCHOOLS (serving 10am-Noon - meals provided by bus for pickup)
- Avant Elementary
- Bush Elementary
- Wright Elementary
- East St. Louis Senior High
- Mobile routes are provided in areas not close to a school or center.  MEAL DELIVERY ROUTES AS OF March 29th.  Please look for a school bus. Vehicles only stay for a few minutes at each stop along the route.

FOOD PROVISION IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE. In school year 2020-2021, School District 189 participated in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. Healthy breakfasts and lunches were provided at no charge for enrolled students. 

  • Meals are available for pick-up and taken home to eat.
  • Meals are only available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am - 12:00pm/Noon at participating schools and centers.
  • The 10am-Noon schedule for brief mobile stops (estimated at 3-5 minutes each) for Grab and Go meals can be found here: MEAL ROUTES AS OF AUGUST 17


Click Here for Meal Preparation Instructions.


Mini Cheese Ravioli has been added to the menu. Please see the graphic below on cooking instructions.

Mini Cheese Ravioli Cooking Instructions


Please be advised that food provided may include peanuts, milk or other ingredients that cause allergies for some people. If you or your child has a food allergy, please notify staff to receive an alternative meal. Exercise caution to ensure safety.


November 9, 2020

Dear School District 189 Parents and Students,

Below are e-resources on a variety of topics including academic, social-emotional, physical education as well as career and college preparation. These links can be used as enrichment opportunities for Preschool through Grade 12 students and can be accessible outside the typical school day. These free online educational resources are approved by the East St. Louis School District Curriculum Department. 


ESTL 189 Clever Portal Apps used by students during the school day. Great resource for parents and students grades K - 12 in all subjects and for SAT test preparations.

ESTL 189 ELA and Math Resources Handouts and Printable Resources Online library for younger readers

Scholastic Activities Cross-curricular journeys

CollegeBoard livestreams and the course schedule for daily AP courses.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Provides over 400 fun and educational games for Pre-K-6 in reading and math. Uses technology and media through educational games and videos to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity in reading. Free educational games, books, comics, and videos that help develop skills in reading, problem-solving and literacy (K-8). Children ages 3-6 have fun learning to read. This popular kid show has reading games that get the grouch out of anyone for ages 3-6. This popular series of books puts Dr. Seuss in a town of reading fun for ages 3-6. Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

MATH Students in Grades 5-8 (plus some select HS courses) can access ALEKS. Numeracy for K - 3 Which one doesn't belong? Thought provoking puzzles. Same but Different Math for building arguments and critiquing reasoning Games and puzzles from all areas Games and activities Games and activities Games and activities Games and activities Games and activities Games and activities





Special Olympics Illinois along with Special Olympics Inc. & the WWE is introducing a whole new way to exercise… AT HOME!! Work out with these four videos five times a week to help you stay fit and reach your goals. Each week will begin with Sunday’s workout and finish with Saturday’s workout. Week 1 will begin Sunday, March 22nd! Watch them in order starting with Video 1. Athletes, Unified Partners, Coaches & Family Members are invited to participate!

What you need to get started:

  • A rug or exercise mat
  • A chair, wall or another sturdy object you can lean on
  • Water and a towel
  • Enough space to spread your arms wide

Making Your Fitness Goals

Fill out a Fitness Tracker to get the most out of your workouts. Download and print out your tracker, and write down when you work out. Seeing your progress on paper can motivate you, help you set realistic fitness goals, and even beat them.



Important resources for distance learning, courtesy of the Smithsonian and Library of Congress:

  • The Smithsonian Lab offers high quality resources for those transitioning to distance learning. Educators looking for lessons and activities for students can access important tools here.
  • By the People offered by the Library of Congress gives students of all ages the ability to explore historical documents such as our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. This interactive website includes lessons and teaching ideas.
  • The Library of Congress Blog is an important resource to find learning activities based off of the Library’s primary resources.
  • Student Discovery Sets are free on iBooks and allow children to have easy access to primary resources. These sets use historical artifacts and documents from a wide variety of subjects to teach our children.
  • Classic children’s books are available to children and teachers to read online.
  • The Library of Congress digital collections give educators access to Library content from all across U.S. history.
  • For those interested in STEM education, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has put together a document that gives teachers access to content in this field.

CAREER AND COLLEGE EXPLORATION RESOURCES   ISBE Careeer Guide providing info about various career paths available. National website for career exploration.    Provided by the Federal Reserve Bank, these online financial literacy resources include short videos and other resources and are appropriate for all K-12 students.                 The Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides planning tips and resources for determining your path after high school.          The College Board offers a search engine for finding the right college fit.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR RESOURCES                  Complete your FAFSA 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIORS                         Log into Clever to get into Naviance to look up scholarships and research colleges.       Many local scholarships are here (i.e. Omega Psi Phi, Dr. Lillian Parks, and AKA to name a few)                         Illinois assistance college planning and financial aid via phone, email, text, and webinar.                         Many Scholarships linked to HBCU's             National Scholarships



To support the students of our region during the widespread school closings, we have worked with Nine Network, St. Louis’ PBS station, on the Nine PBS Educator and Caregiver Toolkit to provide free learning opportunities for educators, parents, and students. This toolkit was created with guidance from education leaders from across the region.   

The toolkit has broadcast, online, and mobile resources, as well as learning tools and tips that can be text messaged to phones. It includes a broadcast and streaming schedule of kids’ programs available by targeted ages, learning goals, air times and links to PBS KIDS apps. The toolkit will be especially useful for our learners in kindergarten through grade 4, but has resources for other grade levels. New things will be added regularly. 

PBS educational programming and resources have been shown by multiple evaluations to be effective tools for teachers and parents. Content is curriculum-based and aligned to respective state standards, and classroom-tested by teachers. Content includes building social and emotional learning, literacy, STEM, social studies and art skills for children across the St. Louis region. In addition, the resources are free and readily accessible.   

This toolkit and other resources are the first step. Nine Network will be creating messages to air daily across their four channels to provide messaging for educators, parents, and children. Nine Network will continue to listen to our region’s educators to adjust and add accordingly.