Project Read and Reach Students Win City Art Contest

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Three PRR students were honored recently at a St. Charles City Council Meeting for winning the 2015 “I Have a Dream” art contest sponsored by the St. Charles Human Relations Commission.

First Place – Andrew Lester, 3rd grade, Lincoln Elementary
Second Place – Haiely Routt, 3rd grade, Lincoln Elementary
Third Place – Patrick Gould, 2nd grade, Blackhurst Elementary

All three students created their artistic interpretation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech during Project Read and Reach, before/after school program. PRR Learning Leaders who facilitated the the art contest project were Stephanie Pace, Lincoln and Chrissy Fitzpatrick, Blackhurst. Congratulations to Andrew, Hailey, and Patrick!!


Gain Confidence As You Set Goals, Visualize Your Future


Dreaming and planning the future

Shake up your life in 2015 with a range of life skills classes designed to help you get a great start to the year.

New! Be Your Most Confident Self: Enrich your life and the lives of those around you by developing the necessary skills to project calm confidence at home, work, and in your community. Learn to set boundaries, speak in public with less anxiety and handle even the most difficult situations with ease. (3/11/15 or  5/13/2015).

New! Vision Board Workshop: Visualize Your Future: Discover a fun and creative way to get clear on your dreams and desires. In this class, you’ll create a visual representation of your goals to help you focus your attention on what you want to bring into your life.

New! Extreme Couponing: Learn the art of extreme couponing to save your family thousands each year. Get organized and plan your shopping trips in advance to help get everyday items for free or 80 percent off at stores like Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Wal-Mart. Learn how to combine store coupons, manufacturer coupons, store loyalty programs and in-store apps to maximize savings.

New! Empowering Your Child with Healthy Self-Esteem: Learn about self-esteem, why it’s important, and how you can help empower your child to build his or her self-esteem. You’ll explore strategies, techniques, and practice hands-on activities to put these skills into action.

New! Positive Parenting Toolkit: Being a positive parent isn’t always easy. In this class parents will learn how to communicate effectively with their child, manage expectations and be consistent, explore positive discipline and behavior management techniques, and develop their Positive Parenting Toolkit.

HVAC Classes Now Enrolling


The newest HVAC classes start at the end of January. Enroll now to ensure a spot in Modern Heating Technology, which begins 1/27/15 or Air Conditioning, which begins 1/26/15.

Students enrolled in the St. Charles Adult and Community Education HVAC Technology program will receive training to build a strong career in the HVAC field. In these sessions, students will learn the fundamentals of heating and air conditioning systems and get practical, hands-on practice in troubleshooting and repairing HVAC equipment.

Other technical classes now enrolling:

Electrical Safety: Become your own best friend and learn electrical safety techniques. OSHA, NIOSH, and other important safety materials will be covered. (3/10/15 or 3/25/15).

Fundamentals of Electrical Wiring:  Learn the fundamentals of in-home wiring in this introductory class while gaining the techniques to do the job safely and effectively. Topics include switching, receptacle, ground fault circuit interrupters, 3- and 4-way switches, ceiling fans, and other helpful wiring tasks. (4/8/15).

Industrial Electronics: Students will learn the fundamentals of industrial electronics used in the industry including DC/AC theory, terms, symbols, components, definitions, explanations, and schematic and ladder diagrams. We’ll continue with troubleshooting theories and techniques necessary to maintain and support relay and discrete logic, SCRs, and PLCs. This course consists of classroom discussion, some hands-on activities, and home study. Tuition includes the Digital Multimeter (DMM). (2/23/15).

Mig and Flux-Cored Welding: For the experienced welder, this course provides training in advanced techniques required to upgrade skill levels for your personal use or for additional career opportunities.  Acquire techniques in the MIG process (ER70S-6) and in the dual shield flux-cored process (E71T-1).  Learn to work in all fillet and grooved plate positions using carbon steel. (1/27/15).

Arc Welding II: Sharpen your arc welding skills!  In this advanced class, you’ll learn to weld in the horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.  You’ll also learn plasma cutting and receive information about certification procedures.  Prior welding experience required. (1/21/15).