Mini Mardi Gras - Students from Rene Crouse's Pre-Kindergarten class at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center took to the college campus Tuesday, clad in masks and beads for Mardi Gras. PICTURED, FROM LEFT, are; Madison Smith of Benton, Maddie Braun of Pinckneyville, Austin Horner of Mt. Vernon, Ethan Crouse of Salem, Katie Craddock of Mt. Vernon, Kennedi Odum of Mt. Vernon, Kendra Metzger of Benton, Ava Wheeler of Mt. Vernon, Mason Tieffel of Benton, Sadie Copple of Dix, Grady Brown of Valier, Ruari Laughlin of Mt. Vernon and Alli Downes of Woodlawn.