Photo furnished OVHS and EIU Dual Credit Thirty Okaw Valley Dual Credit Students visited Eastern Illinois University recently to meet with professors and tour the campus. Okaw Valley is currently partnering with EIU in two dual credit classes, speech and U.S. History, during the fall semester. Three more dual credit classes will be taught in the spring at OVHS which include Environmental Science, English 3 (Brit Lit), and the second semester of U.S. History. Okaw Valley juniors and seniors have a total of 15 dual credit hours available through EIU to go along with the 60 dual credit hours already offered through Lake Land College.
Photo submitted Okaw Valley Celebrate Veterans Day Okaw Valley celebrated Veterans Day November 10 with a breakfast and districtwide assembly. The keynote speaker was Col. Bob Mitchell. Col. Mitchell spoke to the entire district on the importance of Veterans Day and the importance of supporting military families. Col. Mitchell also highlighted his experience while being an aviator in Vietnam which was documented in the Book, A Time to Honor, Stories of Service, Duty, and Sacrifice. Mitchell spent 30 years in the Army and stated in the book, “The reason I stayed is because of what I found in the Army. I found guys who were willing to die for me, and I willing to die for them.”
Photo furnished Gold Slips at SES Staff at Sullivan Elementary School recognizes students who go above and beyond expectations by giving them a “Gold Slip.” Gold Slip winners for the month of October are pictured. From left to right they are Addison Hullum who stayed after lunch to clean up someone else’s ketchup spill to keep the cafeteria safe and clean, Elijah Dalbey who noticed that a few students were sitting on the side at recess not playing and invited each student to play ball tag with him and his other friends, Donovan Collins and Brady Beck who volunteered to write an extra Veterans Day invitation, willingly giving up recess to do so and Issac Reider who volunteered to give his jacket to a classmate who was very cold in their classroom.
Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan Rotary Plants The Habitat for Humanity subdivision is getting additional landscaping courtesy of the Sullivan Rotary Club. On Tuesday, Nov. 7 club members planted 13 Sycamore and Tulip Poplar trees at various homes in the subdivision. Pictured from left to right: Dennis Ozier, Julia Beals, Susan Rauch, Rotary president Dan Fultz and Dave Cole. The tree planting program is assisted by a District Rotary grant the local club received.
Photo furnished Scouting for Food Sullivan Scouts Wyatt and Will Miller place a bag on the door of a Sullivan home during the annual Scouting for Food bag distribution. Residents are asked to place any items they wish to donate to the Moultrie County Food Pantry in bags or boxes and place them where they may be seen from the road by 9 a.m. Saturday, November 11 for pickup.
Photo furnished Honoring Honor Guards Sullivan American Legion Post 68 members helped with the 2017 WCIA and Sunset Funeral Home fund-raiser for Honor Guard groups who preform military rites for the families of deceased veterans. From left to right are Bob Sims, Marty Reynolds, Rick Darby of Sunset Funeral Homes, Mac Bond and Mike Keown.
Photo by R.R. Best Costume Winners The Sullivan Halloween parade winners from Oct. 31 include Caidon Hill-Scary Clown, Ivan Moxley-Lego, Natalie Stinson-Peacock, Ashley and Madelyn Stinson-Cruella and Dalmatian, Synthea Doss-Dinosaur, Kinsley Eads-Ice Cream Truck, Gunyr Fitzgerald-Richard Simmons, Jeff and James Feldkamp-Wizard of Oz and Hilary Booker, Oliver Florey-Chicken, Audrey and Marissa Lake-Cops and Robbers.
Photo furnished Learning About Insects First graders at Sullivan ElementarySchool have been learning all about insects. SES Students learning about insects from left bottom: Charlie Guyot, Laynie Zbinden, Kiley Grooms, Erica Lehman (teaching), and Julianna Lind. The students learned how to eat and see like an insect; they made their own insects and recreated the insect life cycle with pasta thanks to Erica Lehman, Verna Tice, and Sue Yarnell from Ag in the Classroom. Then, with the help of Jim Palmer and Dave VanDeursen, the students were able to explore and look at insects in their natural habitat.
Photo furnished OVHS Band is First OVHS Band competed at the Pinckneyville Competition on Saturday, Oct. 28. They swept all of the 1A awards by earning first place finishes in class, drum major, color guard and percussion.
Photo furnished Occupational Health Okaw Valley students have taken advantage of the Lake Land College Health Occupations program this semester. Okaw Valley has four students participating, three of whom are at the Shelbyville Manor and one at Sarah Bush. The students are all going into the medical field. Pictured (left to right): Angela Robinson, Destiny Underwood, Savannah Gibbons (Health Occupations students at Shelbyville Manor) Not pictured - Justin Oathout - Sarah Bush.