Kaskaskia College Holds Trenton Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee for Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education center campaign met at the Center on Wednesday, April 2.  Chaired by the Trenton Sun’s Mike Conley, the committee is tasked with the design and continued fundraising for the Center, which re-opened to classes on March 17.


In a construction update, Trenton Center Director Arlene Covington reported that finishing touches were being put on some spaces in the Center, and that the new front entrance would be ready for use when brick pavers are installed.  Craig Roper, Director of Purchasing for the College, reported that a delivery of furniture and equipment is expected on Friday.


The campaign is seeking to raise the remaining funds needed to fully fund the master plan for the Center.  As of the meeting date, $46,198 remained.


Ongoing initiatives for fundraising include a strong brick paver campaign and a “Tea Time at Kaskaskia” event scheduled for May 18.


Brick pavers, to be placed at the entrance to the Trenton Center, are available for purchase for $150 for a 4” by 8” brick, inscribed with a name or message of the donor’s choice, or an 8” by 8” paver for $300.  Many of the bricks have messages memorializing loved ones, celebrating success after graduating from KC, or are purchased by groups in recognition of businesses, civic organizations, or families.  Having a message or name inscribed in brick is touted as an inexpensive way to create a long-lasting remembrance.


The “Tea Time at Kaskaskia” event will include “A Century of Hat Fashions” and three courses of delectable delights served with selected teas.  Hat fashions will be presented by Diane Krausz Isbell of New Memphis (Wesclin High School graduate), currently residing in Belleville and will include hats from the 1800’s through today.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite hat.


The first course of food will include scones and English tea.  The second course will include finger sandwiches including cucumber sandwiches, mini chicken salad phyllo cups, and minced ham with honey and pineapple.  The dessert course will include chocolate covered strawberries, spumoni truffles, lemon balls, key lime bars and blueberry supreme.  Specialty teas will be served with all three courses.


Music for the special day will be provided by Jacob Henss and Grace Fisher both of Trenton. 


Tickets for the event will be $30.00 per person and available at the Trenton Education Center.  Tea Time will be held at the St. Mary Parish Center in Trenton from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


For more information or to make a reservation, call Sandra Glanzner at 224-7268 or Arlene Covington at 224-2666.  Tables will accommodate parties of eight.  Smaller groups or individuals will be accommodated.  Valet parking will be available.  Please make reservations as soon as possible as seating is limited.



For more information on the Trenton Campaign, or to enquire about brick sales, please contact Campaign Manager Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or by email at​ 

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