in health careers
can apply for Zonta scholarships
20, 2001] Zonta
Club of Lincoln will again sponsor health career scholarships.
Residents of Logan County who are enrolled in or accepted into a
health care professional curriculum are eligible to apply.
Scholarships totaling $4,500 will be awarded. The number of
scholarships will be determined by the scholarship committee.
award is for one academic year and is contingent upon the student's
sustained academic achievement. Former recipients are encouraged to
reapply. Application forms are available from county high schools
and colleges, several health care facilities and pharmacies in the
county, and by request.
encourage students to make application if they are considering any
health career field, including veterinary medicine, sports medicine,
physical therapy or pharmacy. Zonta Club of Lincoln has awarded
health career scholarships since 1981, assisting 36 students from
Logan County with 49 scholarships with a total value of $51,750.
Last year Zonta awarded four recipients $1,125 each.
completed applications, including references, are due to the
scholarship committee by March 5. Applications and information are
available by contacting Marilyn Weingarz, 1425 1307th St., Lincoln,
IL 62656 or by calling (217) 735-1840.
started with eggs of the monarch butterfly, which hatched into
caterpillars that were raised by Hawkinson’s third grade classes
and then released. Those butterflies in turn hatched the idea of a
butterfly garden, which Hawkinson and her 1999-2000 class built on a
corner of the school grounds at Fifth and Adams streets.
garden became an outdoor classroom," Hawkinson said. "Each
class in the school contributed something. The children were
nurturing the garden and loving it. They were proud of seeing
something they’d planted grow."
success of the butterfly garden soon had Hawkinson and her students
thinking of another one, an 1850s theme garden that would be planted
across Sixth Street from the school. Along with the historic theme,
this garden could also help children make connections with the books
they were reading, like "Little House on the Prairie" and
others set in pioneer times. By planting native prairie grasses and
flowers, the children would be able to actually experience the
prairie while they were reading about it.
help raise funds for the new garden, Hawkinson began looking for
"Prairie Partners" who would contribute money, time or
other gifts. She approached hardware store owner Pete Fredericks,
who agreed to build a log cabin out of old utility poles to serve as
a storage shed for the tools Hawkinson’s classes will be using.
Pete is just waiting for the snow to melt so he can finish building
also approached Lincoln Mayor Joan C. Ritter, who, like Hawkinson,
is an enthusiastic gardener. Mayor Ritter quickly became an
enthusiastic Prairie Partner as well, even accompanying Hawkinson to
visit schools in other communities that were adding gardening to
the last two years, Ritter has also been a member of the Illinois
State Historical Records Advisory Board. A fellow member, Dr. Jodi
Martinez, is deputy director of the literacy office for Secretary of
State Jesse White. In Illinois the secretary of state is also the
state librarian and as such appoints members to the Illinois
Literacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the
partnership of the corporate world and the private sector to provide
literacy initiatives and programs.
the Literacy Foundation’s projects this year was a children’s
literacy fund-raising drive. Each Barnes and Noble bookstore in the
state was paired with a school or other organization for the
promotion. Martinez was assigned to identify schools and other
groups eligible to participate.
recent meeting of the Historical Records Advisory Board in Chicago,
Mayor Ritter and Martinez sat together at lunch. They began talking
about the various projects they were engaged in, and suddenly
everything fell into place.
timing couldn’t have been better," Martinez told the Lincoln
Daily News. "The night before, I had met with Barnes
and Noble representatives. There are 24 Barnes and Noble stores in
Illinois, and my assignment was to identify 24 recipients, one in
each Barnes and Noble area. Then Mayor Ritter began telling me about
the Jefferson School reading program."
told her about the way Hawkinson and other teachers were using the
butterfly garden to encourage reading and about the plans for the
1850s garden, and suddenly Martinez saw "a good fit."
School was paired with the Barnes and Noble store in Bloomington.
When store patrons made purchases last December, they were asked if
they would like to donate a dollar to a children’s literacy
program. So many did that the Bloomington store collected $6,800,
every dollar of which was given to Jefferson School. But because the
store is also giving the school a 20 percent discount, Jefferson
teachers will actually be able to purchase about $8,000 worth of
materials, Martinez said.
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is truly a case of the private sector joining hands with the
secretary of state and the Illinois Literacy Foundation. This is
truly networking at its best," she said.
a win-win-win proposition," Hawkinson agreed.
week, teachers at Jefferson School will "go on a shopping
spree" to choose the new books they want in their library. Next
week, a group which will include Hawkinson’s class, Mayor Ritter
and Martinez will meet again at Barnes and Noble, and the children
will select books they personally want to read from the list
previously chosen by the teachers. Mayor Ritter will then take the
group to lunch at a nearby restaurant.
going to ride to Bloomington in the school bus," Ritter said.
"I’m so glad I was in the right place at the right time and
knew what was going on in our schools."
with Pete Fredericks and Ritter, many other businesses and
individuals have become partners in the Jefferson School gardening
project. The Lincoln Elks Club has donated money and Lincoln city
employees are donating time to build raised beds so special needs
children can garden from their wheelchairs.
donated a Christmas tree to replace the one lost in last year’s
fire at the school, and children made natural ornaments by stringing
popcorn and cranberries. The Logan County Soil and Water
Conservation District is helping to develop the 1850s garden plan
with advice on trees and grasses to be planted. The Logan County
Farm Bureau and Salt Creek Nurseries will also help with donations
and plants. Local stores R & H Farm Supply, Big R, Wal-Mart,
Knox Greenhouse Outlet and Pete’s Hardware have donated tools,
supplies, seeds and plants.
Lee Gurga, a Lincoln dentist, has contributed a white granite stone
with his prize-winning haiku engraved on it to place in the
butterfly garden. The poem is about butterflies.
Prairie Partners are Key Printing, Century Dental, Illico, State
Bank of Lincoln, Guzzardo’s Italian Villa, YMCA, Edward D. Jones,
Burwell Oil, Abbott and Associates, Keystone Risk Management, NAPA
Auto Supply, Jane Wright’s State Farm office, Doug Knox Nursery of
Beason, Mitchell Newhouse, Manley Monuments, and Bob and Joan Graue.
contributions have made possible the purchase of grow lights,
curriculum guides, science materials, worm composting equipment and
supplies for the Jefferson Junior Garden Club, made up of the second
and third graders at Jefferson School. But seeds from the Jefferson
School garden project are sprouting in other places, too. Two
workshops on school gardens have been held at Jefferson, one on
butterfly gardens and one on literary gardens, and teachers from
West Lincoln-Broadwell, Chester-East Lincoln, Carroll Catholic and
all District 27 schools have attended. Hawkinson is thinking about
teaching a junior gardener’s class at the YMCA this summer.
"The most important
thing happening out of all of this is the community working together
with the schools and the kids," Hawkinson said. "It’s
amazing that so many people, through work, wisdom and wealth, have
contributed so much to a project that is changing the way a school
and a community can work together."
Bank of Lincoln is a member of the Community Bankers Association of
Illinois (CBAI), which formed the foundation in 1996. A scholarship
in the amount of $1,000 per year for up to four years of higher
education will be awarded to the author of the best essay submitted
to the CBAI Foundation by a participating Illinois high school
senior. Up to 12 additional $1,000 awards are available in each of
the regions of the state. An additional $500 will be awarded to the
high school of the overall winner.
bank is working with Lincoln Community High School, Mount Pulaski
High School and Olympia High School to invite seniors to submit
short essays on this theme: "What new or enhanced products and
services will community banks be offering in the 21st
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M. Hull, executive vice president, stated, "Any high school
senior student in the area served by the bank is encouraged to
participate. The past three regional winners have been submitted to
the CBAI by the bank. Winners were from Lincoln Community High and
Mount Pulaski High School."
on the contest is available at the high schools and through William
Hull at the bank. Entries must be submitted to the bank by Feb. 14,
2001. The bank will then submit selected entries to the CBAI
Foundation to be eligible for the statewide competition.
in Springfield, CBAI is a professional association that represents
approximately 540 banks and thrifts throughout Illinois.
Bank of Lincoln news release]