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by Justin Placek
The weekend of April 8/9 marks the last Outreach Weekend for the Spring of 2005. About 60 students, staff, and volunteers joined us on this trip to East St. Louis. We worked on both community enhancing projects as well as a couple of smaller projects.
by Janni Sorenson
A group of approximately 20 students worked Friday and Saturday to clean up a couple of vacant lots in the South End neighborhood. While the South End looks better than it has in years these particular lots were identified by SENDO members as in serious need of clean-up. Wednesday before the clean-up SENDO had its monthly meeting and Mr. Jesse Walker, head of the East St. Louis Publics Work department, attended. We told him about the student volunteers and suggested that the city should come out with heavy equipment and remove a burned down structure next to the clean-up site. The City did come out and took care of the heavy stuff that the students could not do. It was great working together and a lot was accomplished. Several SENDO members also participated in the efforts.
This is a design/build project that was part of Mike Andrejasich's architecture design studio. Groups of students worked on a design for a gazebo for the Village Theatre. Due to this being a real project, there was specific size and budget restrictions that the students had to adhere to when designing the gazebo. All of the projects were then sent to the Fisher's at the Village Theatre. The Fisher's looked them over and decided on which one of the projects would get constructed. After the winning gazebo was selected the architecture students and Prof. Mike Andrejasich made sure the gazebo was structurally sound, and they put together a materials list. During the weekend about 18 students and Prof. Andrejasich worked in teams to build the gazebo. During this time they were able to construct a large portion of the gazebo, leaving only the roof and some other details to finished on another weekend. Overall this was a great project for the students and its a structure that the will be used quite often at the Village Theatre.
Over the weekend 3 houses were assessed for the Land of Lincoln.
This weekend approximately 30 students and staff members of Prairie Net worked together to set up community technology centers (CTCs) in East St. Louis.
The last weekend trip to East St. Louis was a day trip where we presented ideas for the 2005 Emerson Park Neighborhood Revitalization Plan at an ice cream social held in the council chambers in City Hall. Thirty people showed up to view the ten posters and discuss the plan with members of EPDC's board and Pirtle's ice cream was served. This provided EPDC a chance to display the neighborhood plan and get local officials to sign on to it.
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