The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center, Mid America Workforce Investment Board and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois hosted 300 summer program students for its Manufacturing/Craft Day Experience on Monday at the SIUE East St. Louis Center. Activities included reading, exploring crafts/hands-on interactive booths with middle school and high school students, special guest speakers and on-site viewing of manufacturing and construction vehicles. The event was sponsored by St. Clair County, the Mid America Workforce Investment Board, Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, Southern Illinois Builders Association, SIUE East St. Louis Center and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. Books for reading to the early childhood students were donated by Construction Forum. Vehicle sponsors were Ameren Illinois and the St. Clair County Highway Department.