SIUE Receives What’s Right with the Region Award

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FOCUS St. Louis today honored Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among 21 metropolitan St. Louis organizations and individuals with a “What’s Right with the Region” award. SIUE received recognition in the category of Improving Racial Equality and Justice for its work through the SIUE East St. Louis Center. Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Sheldon Concert Hall in downtown St. Louis.

“SIUE is steadfast in its commitment to providing educational opportunity and assistance to our region," said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.

FOCUS St. Louis today honored Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among 21 metropolitan St. Louis organizations and individuals with a “What’s Right with the Region” award.

SIUE received recognition in the category of Improving Racial Equality and Justice for its work through the SIUE East St. Louis Center. Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Sheldon Concert Hall in downtown St. Louis.

“On behalf of all our personnel at the East St. Louis Center, we proudly accept this award acknowledging the effectiveness of their hard work and dedication,” said SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift. “SIUE is steadfast in its commitment to providing educational opportunity and assistance to our region. Our expectation is to continue to make a positive difference every day both now and in the future.”

SIUE’s East St. Louis Center has been empowering people and strengthening the community with quality programs and excellence in education for more than 50 years. The Center offers public service activities that enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in East St. Louis and surrounding communities. More than 6,000 citizens are served each year through the Center’s educational, social and cultural programs, which are available to individuals faced with educational and economic disadvantages.

The Center provides health care and enrichment services to all ages through a number of programs, including: East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts; the Educational Opportunity Center; PALS/Latchkey; Project Success; SIUE East St. Louis Charter School; SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start; the TRIO Programs, including Upward Bound East St. Louis, Cahokia; Upward Bound Brooklyn, East St. Louis Charter School, Madison, Venice and Upward Bound Math & Science Center.

SIUE recently dedicated the William Frederick Graebe Sr. STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Learning Center, a 21st century, high-tech classroom located at the East St. Louis Charter High School, constructed with a $1 million gift from Robert H. and Norma J. Graebe.

FOCUS St. Louis is a local organization dedicated to positive community change by developing leadership, influencing policy and promoting community connections. It makes a difference through successes, including new legislation, organizations and initiatives that make the St. Louis region a better place to live for everyone. To view honorees, visit http://www.focus-stl.org.

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