Category Archives: Community Service

Fifth Annual Dance Marathon Breaks Another Record for Donations

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, where their efforts to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminated in their largest donation to date.

This year, the students raised a grand total of $80,120.05, about $35,900 more than last year. Over the past five years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised more than $207,000. All funds stay local, going directly to Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.

Students who participate in Ladue Dance Marathon spend months fundraising and wrap up their efforts at the event with music and dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Several patient families, known as “Miracle Families,” also attend the event to share their inspirational stories with the students who support them.

“We are both in awe of our students, their dedication to a worthy cause, and their enormous hearts,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “All of these students worked tirelessly throughout the year to create fundraising opportunities, recruit dancers and inspire everyone to remember the purpose of the event: it’s for the kids.”

Dance Marathon is a nationwide organization that raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. Ladue Dance Marathon is student-led and was the first high school Dance Marathon in Missouri.

Five Ladue Schools Teams Advance to FIRST Lego League Championship

Five Ladue teams advanced to the FIRST Lego League Eastern Missouri Championship Tournament at St. Louis Community College in Florissant Valley on Saturday, Jan. 13th. Forty teams from around Missouri advanced to participate in the tournament. Old Bonhomme, Spoede, and Reed each had a fourth grade team led by teachers Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan, Carol Kliesen and Karen Engelkenjohn. One FGC team led by parent coach Sherry Wolk and one LMS/FGC team led by coaches Gaurav Suri and Sonali Jain also qualified to participate. Of the five Ladue teams, three teams won awards at the tournament Saturday.

LMS Student Donates Birthday Presents to Children in Need

For Ladue Middle School seventh grader Orli Hahn’s Bat Mitzvah, she chose to collect birthday presents for children in need at Birthday Joy Foundation headquarters rather than receive presents herself.

Orli chose to work with Birthday Joy Foundation, where her mom also volunteers. She invited friends to bring toys and add their name to the “Birthday Joy Wall of Fame.”

Birthday Joy donates to organizations that provide them with lists with the names of children and their birthdays.

Check out the video segment on KSDK here!

 

U.S. Junior Chess Team Player Holds Second Annual Chess Camp

Iris Zhou, an eighth-grader at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. junior chess team, has hosted her second winter chess camp from Dec. 21 to Dec. 24, 2017.

Iris began playing chess at age 6 and soon rose as one of the top girl players in her age group in the nation. She has qualified multiple times for the U.S. junior chess team to compete in World Youth Chess Championship. Her most recent international competition was the 2017 World Youth Championship held in Uruguay in September 2017.

LHWHS Freshman Highlighted for Boy Scout Community Service

Andrew Fruend, a freshman at LHWHS, was recently highlighted in the Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis Fall/Winter Newsletter. He completed a gaming-themed project with the organization while working to achieve the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Award. Andrew led friends to help build a game table/storage cabinet in the design of a giant Rubik’s Cube, collect over 50 new games, and host three gaming events at the Ronald McDonald House for the families. Congratulations to Andrew on this achievement!

Ladue Middle School Student Ben Rich Creates Charitable “Mitzvah Market” For Those in Need

Check out the awesome charity work that Ladue Middle School student Ben Rich is doing through the process of becoming a bar mitzvah! Ben organized a clothing drive and market for people who might not be able to purchase new or used clothing.

“I just wanted to be able to help out people who need it, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it,” Ben said in an article by the St .Louis Jewish Light.

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Old Bonhomme Giving Assembly: 37 Years and Still Going Strong

Each year, the Old Bonhomme School Giving Assembly spotlights how much we have to be thankful for and how generous we can be towards those in need! During the assembly, students see the toys they have outgrown and decided to donate included in the entire school’s collection! The students then hear from the charity groups about who will benefit from the toys and items collected. For one week, the students and families make contributions of canned goods, used clothing and toys, diapers and other necessities that those in our community need. When students search the garage and basement for favorite toys they’ve outgrown or want to share, it teaches them that generosity isn’t just for grownups. The fourth graders help to sort and then load the items for delivery. A few students and teachers help to deliver the items to the agencies. This Old Bonhomme School event started 37 years ago, and each year it has grown. The items collected go to a variety of local service and charity agencies.

Ladue Early Childhood Center Collects Donations for Hurricane Victims

The Ladue Early Childhood Center collected donations from their school drive for hurricane victims. These donations were sent to The Puerto Rican Society of St. Louis. The LECC would like to thank their parents and community members for their generous giving!

Second Graders Visited by BJC Hospital’s Book Brigade

Second graders at Spoede Elementary were treated with a visit from the BJC Book Brigade, a school outreach and youth development program that distributes books to children.

This year—the group’s second year of supporting literacy—the BJC Book Brigade gave away more than 26,000 books to second graders in the area. Top hospital administrators volunteer as guest readers before providing a take-home book for every student.

In the spring of 2016, BJC held its first Book Brigade, which provided more than 22,000 books to second graders to read before they began their summer vacation.

Picture courtesy of second grade teacher Lauren Stotlar.

“Through you and your colleagues, we are aware of the importance of children reading on grade level by third grade. As health care providers, we know the link between education and health outcomes,” June McAllister Fowler, Senior Vice President of Communications said in a news release. “Our BJC Book Brigade employee service project will keep its mission of placing a summer reading book in the hands of every second grader transitioning into third grade in public school districts where BJC has a hospital or significant presence.”

Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Katherine Eisenman and Andrew Fruend, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2017 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Farewell Ceremony.

Each year, one eighth grade boy and girl are selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Sydney Clawson, Udonne Eke-Okoro, Rebecca Lang, Lucy Yue, Samuel Cobin, Gabriel DiAntonio, Stephen Jiang and Alexander Zhou