The start of the new school year is only four weeks away for Danville District 118 students who attend school on the traditional calendar. But while there is much work remains to be done on construction projects at East Park Elementary and Danville High School, Superintendent Mark Denman is confident the work will get done.
Denman discussed the projects on WDAN’s Newsmakers program today (Monday), and noted that much of the work has been done on local schools while classes were in session….
Superintendant Denman says improvements East Park are very similar to those that were made earlier at South View and North Ridge Middle Schools. He adds the City of Danville is using tax increment financing money to help make improvements around Danville High School…..
A new handicapped accessible parking area is also being built along the east side of Jackson Street, just southwest of the school.
Superintendent Denman noted on the program that the School District has been working closely with the City of Danville to improve the DHS Campus. He also pointed to earlier improvements, including the Wayland-Young Athletic Facility at Danville High School, and the acquisition and demolition of some homes near the high school.
[These photos show the massive amount of construction work that is still underway around both East Park Elementary School in the top two pictures, and Danville High School in the bottom two. The second photo from top shows the new cafeteria area that is being added at East Park. The third photo shows construction workers busy at Danville High School on Monday. They were working in the area where Jackson has been narrowed to a single lane as part of the safety improvements being made.]
[This photo shows the progress being made on an environmentally green multi-purpose area southeast of Danville High School. The area will be able to be used for parking or such things as marching band practice once completed. A new drainage system was included as part of the project. The City of Danville earlier received a $750-thousand dollar federal grant to help with some of the improvements. The money is being channeled through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to the City of Danville's Midtown Tax Increment Financing District.]
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Jonah Fish Fry
The Kingman Fire Department is sponsoring a Jonah Fish Fry on Saturday, March 8th, at the firehouse, from 4 - 8:00 pm. In town deliveries call 397-3025 on March 8th. For more information, contact Allen Brown 765-498-3850.
Pancake Sausage Breakfast
The Tilton Fire & Rescue Auxiliary will hold their 2nd Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Saturday, March 8th from 8-11am (or while supplies last) at the Tilton Fire Station, 121 W. 5th Street in Tilton. Coast is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-12, kids 2 & under eat free.
Vermilion County Animal Shelter Benefit
Vermilion County Animal Shelter Foundation’s Annual Benefit “Mardi Paws” will be Saturday, March 8 from 6-9:30pm at the Danville Boat Club. Tickets are $50/person with proceeds going to the Verm. Cnty. Animal Shelter Found. To purchase a ticket call Cindy Nygren at 497-5597.
Youth Bowling Event
Fountain County Mentoring is hosting a Bowling for Youth event on March 15th at Sycamore Lanes in Covington. The event will help support the mentoring program in Fountain County. Teams of five are needed to bowl during one of three two-hour sessions. Teams will be asked to obtain pledges from the community regardless of how they bowl. Form a team! Challenge another team! Have fun and help raise funds for a good cause! Contact Kathy Walker, Program Director at 765-793-4881 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Habitat for Humanity - St Patrick's Day
In recognition of St Patrick’s Day, Habitat for Humanity of Danville is holding a Leprechaun Sale Saturday, March 15, 10am – 2pm, at its ReStore resale shop, 121 N Walnut St. Refreshments will be served. Additional information is available at the ReStore (217) 442-0004.
Parenting with Love and Limits
The Prairie Center has openings for "Parenting with Love and Limits". For Program Information or to just talk, contact: Leon Bryson, Jr., MBA, Clinical Coordinator, Parenting with Love and Limits, The Prairie Center, 217-649-2892. email@example.com This is a free and voluntary program offered to families in Champaign County.
YMCA Winter Classes
The YMCA is holding open enrollment for our Winter Session classes. YMCA members may sign-up beginning February 10 and non-members may sign-up beginning February 17th.
For more information, please contact the YMCA at (217)442-0563, stop-by 1111 N. Vermilion St., or visit our website at www.danvilleymca.org
Pancake Breakfast - Stingtown Church of God Youth Group
Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8am-11am, "Rooted" the Stringtown Church of God Youth Group will have a pancake breakfast at the Friendship Center/Senior Center, 1307 Pearl St, Covington, IN. Everyone is welcome. Free-will donations accepted.
Community Night fundraiser at Monicals
Join Georogetown Ridge Farm 8th Grade Dance Committee on Monday, March 17 to enjoy great pizza and support a great cause. Go online to www.monicalspizza.com, click on fundraising, then community day calendar. Find this event, and print a flier to dine in at Monicals. Monicals will donate 20% of your dinner check to Georgetown Ridge Farm Mary Miller Jr High 8th Grade Dance Committee. For more info call Lori at 247-2251 or Jodi at 274-8949.
YMCA Support Campaign Kick-off
On March 17, 2014 at 7am, the Danville Family YMCA will launch it’s annual Support Campaign with a breakfast kick-off event. This campaign provides support for individuals and families in need to participate in the YMCA Programs. For more info contact Michael Brown at 442-0563 x20.
Westville Yellow Dot Program
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Informal COMMUNITY I.D.O.T. Yellow Dot program to be presented by the Village of Westville on Saturday, March 22nd from 10am to noon in St. Mary's gym. What is the yellow dot program? In case of an accident, this is a way to IMMEDIATELY alert first responders that someone in the vehicle has a medical condition or drug allergy that emergency personnel should be aware of. Sometimes this can be the difference between life and death!