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Swansea Rotary hosts 2nd Annual CAVE Educational Awards raffle, winners announced

More than $5,000 raised for CAVE student educational awards

The Rotary Club of Swansea held their 2nd Annual CAVE Educational Awards Raffle this year to benefit selected graduating students.  The raffle was a tremendous success, and the organization exceeded its expectations.

With the support of many patrons that purchased tickets, the Rotary Club of Swansea raised over $5,000 to be distributed as Educational Awards. 

The cash drawing for the raffle was held on Nov. 2 at the Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, and the winners were announced as follows: First place Sheri Sintzel, second place Les Dierkes, and third place Sharon Fiehler.

District 201 CAVE administrators will coordinate the application process and student selection with the Rotary Club Committee. Applications for graduating seniors will be available in January 2024 and the Rotary Awards will be presented in May 2024.

The School District 201 Center for Academic & Vocational Excellence (CAVE) Program offers vocational programs in welding, carpentry, culinary arts, automotive and machining. Future programs include early childhood education, advanced technology training, healthcare and certified nursing assistants. 

The program is also designed to address the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of at-risk students in order to successfully transition back to Belleville East or West High School, on to college or a career. Indoor athletic and band areas are included in the facility. 

The CAVE’s 10,000-square-foot facility is located at 7645 Magna Drive in Belleville at the site formerly known as Kings Point.

The Swansea Rotary Club, District 201 CAVE Administrators and students wish to extend their deepest gratitude to everyone for purchasing tickets and committing their support for our students taking their careers into trade’s programs. 

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