IVC students share stories on service trip

Marianne Gillespie

While IVC students hit the books during the year, some of the students had a chance to share their service trip to a Native American reservation in Michigan over the summer with school board members at the Oct. 8 meeting.

Led by teachers Sherri Heth and Mark Kosinski, a group of about 20 traveled to the reservation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa near Kewadin, Mich. It was the second year for the trip, which proved to not only show the students' ability to perform service projects such as building a deck and ramp onto a church but also painting a pavilion, as well as other tasks.

While they worked hard, they also had the opportunity to take in the sights of the area and learn more about the native culture. The students who spoke at the board meeting reflected upon how they felt they had established a connection with the people of the area due to the trips. Another trip is being planned for next summer, and adult chaperones are needed. The students each raise $200 if they can or the team assists in finding them work to do.

Known as "the Ghost people," IVC students were invited for a pow wow in August. They were recognized by those from the reservation, which made their efforts earlier even more rewarding.

In other items, the board:

• Approved a personnel contract for Bridget DiGioia as an assistant girls' basketball coach at Illinois Valley Central High School.

• Heard Superintendent Chad Allison say the Mossville library was close to completion but could not put a date for when it would be open. Books are expected to be shelved in the next couple weeks and the finishing touches were being added.

• Heard Allison say that the Peoria County facilities sales tax information is continuing to be gathered and asked for any input from board members on the frequently asked questions section of the informational materials in draft form. The board's role is informational, Allison said.

• Heard Allison mention the realtor tour of Chillicothe for Oct. 22 in conjunction with city officials. Various realtors are expected to begin that morning at Shore Acres Clubhouse for breakfast and then enjoy a bus tour around town with stops at schools, Pearce Community Center and more to highlight what Chillicothe offers to those looking for a place to live. Board members said it was a good idea.

• Approved two requests for IVC band students to stay overnight for the St. Louis Super Regional competition and in February for the jazz band to attend the Rolling Meadows competition in February.