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Celebrate Spring with the SWIC Plant Sale and Family Fun Day in April

Dig out your gardening tools – it’s spring! The SWIC Horticulture program is selling reasonably priced water and vegetable plants, tropicals, perennials, annuals, and herbs grown by SWIC students over the winter.

You can get your green thumbs (and fingers) on these plants at the annual Plant Sale April 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The sale will be held in the greenhouse, located on the southeast corner of campus behind the baseball fields.

“Horticulture students play a major role in growing and nurturing these healthy, hardy plants throughout the semester,” said SWIC Horticulture Program Coordinator Kurt Range. “They get to see their hard work pay off by selling these beautiful, hardy plants.”

Only cash and check payments will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Horticulture program.

In addition to the plant sale, SWIC will also be hosting a family fun day Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food and drinks available for purchase from SWIC’s very own food truck, Ollie’s Eatery; free flower pot decorating; carnival games and bounce houses. Also on display will be SWIC’s CNC mobile truck, a helicopter and more!

Everyone must wear a mask and social distance. For more information about the plant sale contact Kurt Range at 618-235-2700, ext. 5135 or

SWIC to Host Workshop for Parents of Future College Students Oct. 6

If you are preparing to send your son or daughter to college in the near future, the Southwestern Illinois College workshop, Parent 101, can help you understand the ins and outs of the college process.

This free in-person or online workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 6-7 p.m. The event is open to the parents or families of future college students in eighth through twelfth grades.

The informational presentation will include:

– Timeline for preparing for college
– The financial aid process
– Earning college credit in high school  
– Transferring courses to four-year universities
– Cost saving benefits of education and training at the community college

To learn more and to register, visit:

For more information, contact the SWIC Admissions at 618-235-2700, ext. 5675, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5675.

SWIC Red Bud Campus To Host Annual Poetry Contest

The Southwestern Illinois College Red Bud Campus will host its annual poetry contest for area students and residents this spring.

Individuals of all ages are invited to showcase their creative abilities in the contest through poetry. Divisions for entries are as follows: adult, high school, eighth grade, seventh grade, sixth grade, fifth grade and fourth grade.

Each contestant is allowed to submit one poem and all entries must be turned in with a completed entry form by 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Entry forms can be found online at Submissions can be mailed to Amy Brockman at 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL 62221 or turned in to the SWIC Red Bud Campus Student Development Office, Room 175.

Contestants will be recognized for their poetic excellence at an award ceremony. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each division. For more details about the awards ceremony visit

For more information, call Amy Brockman at 618-235-2700, ext. 5324.

George Portz and the Roots of Bluegrass Cancelled at SWIC

The George Portz and the Roots of Bluegrass concert originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. The concert is not being rescheduled at this time.

For ticket refund information contact SWIC Student Life Director Amy Brockman at 618-222-5324 or email

For more information, call College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5205.

ABC Pumpkin Cards

  • Cut paper in half
  • Fold long ways
  • Cut squares out
  • Cut pumpkin shapes – Leave part of the fold intac
  • Cut out green stems
  • Glue Stems to pumpkins
  • Add a letter to the front of the pumpkin – Draw, Use stickers, Have kids write the letter.
  • Open pumpkin card
  • On the top part of the card add a word and picture – Have kid tell you a Halloween word for the letter
  • Have kid repeat what you wrote
  • Repeat until alphabet is complete
  • Additionally you can also do numbers

Roller skating – Z’Kaye Hall

Talent Statement:

“Hello, my name is Z’Kaye Hall and I have been rollerskating for about a year now, during quarantine I got to practice new skills. I’ve been wanting to make a roller skating video for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity!

I also like to tumble and try new things on my bike and skates. Hope you enjoy the video! This video was edited by Z’necia Hall..” – Hall 

Submission Information

Title: Roller skating

Talent Name: Z’Kaye Hall


Covid-19 Workout – Solomon Hall

Talent Statement:

“I have been exercising, learning, and studying during quarantine. I have been doing my talent for a long time One thing I like about SWIC is the food in the cafeteria.”- Hall 

Submission Information

Title: COVID-19 Workout

Talent Name: Solomon Hall


Lauren takes on the professionals – Lauren Bardill

Talent Statement:

“Throughout these hard times, Lauren and Bentley have been offered many different opportunities together. One being showing at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky at a Rated Show. They won against professionals from all over the United States.” – Bardill

Submission Information

Title: Lauren takes on the professionals

Talent Name: Lauren Bardill


Sold – John Michael Montgomery by Sydney Menner

Talent Statement

During quarantine, I have been busy working, fishing, riding my Polaris/four-wheeler, and spending lots of time outside. I have enjoyed singing for quite some time now and love to just sing in my free time.

Submission Information

Title: Sold – John Michael Montgomery

Talent Name: Sydney Menner

Category: MUSIC