On the Street: Jumping rope, Camp Point books, singing in Quincy and Brown Jacket winner

Posted: Aug. 2, 2014 5:10 pm Updated: Aug. 16, 2014 9:15 pm

TOP JUMPER: Ella Sprague, who will be entering the third grade at Western Elementary School in Barry, recently learned she was the top fundraiser in Illinois and ranked No. 3 in the nation for the Jump Rope for Heart event in February. Ella, daughter of Ted Sprague of New Canton and Tina Sprague of Pittsfield, raised nearly $10,000. A recognition event for Ella's fundraising prowess will be held Aug. 13 at the school, when the regional coordinator for Jump Rope for Heart brings a gift and takes Ella out to lunch.

MONEY FOR BOOKS: The Horace Mann Companies recently donated more than $15,000 at its annual agent training conference in Phoenix to help fund more than 36 projects. One of those projects is at Central Elementary School in Camp Point, where music teacher Paige Mueller will receive more than $400 to buy books about the Beatles, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan and Mozart, as well as colored pencils and crayons. "With the implementation of Common Core standards, it is important to have students reading and responding to books in classes outside of English," Mueller said in a release. "These materials will make that cross-curricular study possible. The writing and art supplies will go to great use presenting our new knowledge to our classmates who read about a different composer."

‘VOICE' CONTESTANT IN QUINCY: Gracia Harrison of Virden, a town of about 3,500 people near Springfield, Ill., performed Thursday in Madison Park as part of the Quincy Park District's summer music series. Harrison first gained notoriety when she was the first singer to yodel on the NBC reality show "The Voice," during Season 3 in September 2012. She was selected to be part of Blake Shelton's team but was eliminated in the knockout round.

BROWN JACKET AWARD: Andrew Dow, chief flight instructor at Great River Aviation and aviation program coordinator at Quincy University, recently received the Brown Jacket Award from the IMC Club based in Norwood, Mass. The club provides organized "hangar flying" focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. The award recognizes excellence in flight proficiency, continuing education and service to the aviation community. Dow began instructing in 2003.

IT WAS A BARGAIN: Paige Mitts had no intention of moving to the Midwest when she and her husband, Greg, visited his hometown of Quincy a few years ago. When Greg called a friend about a river cabin, Paige said she thought she heard $229,000 as the asking price. Her husband laughed and told her it was $29,000. Now the couple, who own Vision Quest Virtual Tours, split their time between Quincy and South Carolina.

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