By CHASTITY COURTNEY
MT. VERNON — —
Children in the city are gearing up for the annual WISH Showcase Program.
The program is an academic fair that is for students enrolled in kindergarten through the eighth grade in the Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80 and St. Mary School.
According to information provided by the district, the purpose of the WISH Showcase Program is “to promote the development of writing abilities, investigation of a scientific situation, study of an Illinois history element, and creation of inventions for a better society.”
Students who receive a Superior rating on their project are able to enjoy a group trip. Past trips have been to The Science Center, Cahokia Mounds, Magic House and Giant City State Park. The top 10 project winners are also given a $50 savings bond while the top 16 student writers receive medallions.
The fair will be held April 18th at the Zadok Casey Middle School Gymnasium and the sponsors will be allowed to attend the judging in the morning. The Showcase will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The awards will be given out starting at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsors and donations are needed to help with supplies and prizes, according to District 80. Names of the sponsors will be printed in the awards program and will be mentioned during the awards ceremony.
Donations may be mailed to Jodi Brookman-Girvan, W.I.S.H. sponsor, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. The deadline is March 29 to be included in the program. Checks may be made payable to Mt. Vernon City Schools, Academic Fair.