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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

Seniors and High School Staff Finish Another Successful Senior Service Day

Nearly 50 students and eight faculty members (Julia Harrison, Roberta McCaffrey, Drew Crismon, Mike Farrell, Bob Westerholt, Jessica Kennedy, Mary Christine Kubik, and Debra Carson) participated in the annual service day. The groups were all over the place doing great things! They planted 1,050 plants in Forest Park, cleared out honey suckle in Millennium Park, prepped 250 meals at Food Outreach, beautified the grounds at Kingdom House, sorted donations at Back to School Store, and shopped for, cooked and served meals at Gateway 180.
 
Below are some pictures from the day’s activities. The kids worked very hard and had a blast!

High School Girl Scout Honored with National Computing Award

Rose Coughlin, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was recently honored with the Aspirations Award in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for her aptitude and interest in technology and computer, her solid leadership ability, her academic history and plans for post-secondary education. She was one of two area girl scouts honored with the award.

To learn more about Rose’s contributions as a girl scout, check out this article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Annual African-American Student Recognition Night a Success

The annual African-American Recognition Night at Ladue Middle School was another success! The event was hosted by the LMS Diversity Cadre and was held on Thursday, May 4, at the school’s gymnasium. The event is designed to showcase African-American students’ talents and celebrate their accomplishments in the areas of academics, citizenship and school involvement.

Certificates were issued for academics, citizenship, attendance, and service/school involvement. Several students’ vocal, instrumental and artistic talents were spotlighted, as well. The evening was closed with naming the Anthony Warren Diversity Cadre Students of the Year, Jameson Falconer and Udonne Eke-Okoro!

Check out the photos here from this outstanding event!

Junior Jenna Kalishman Produces Winning Video for St. Louis Cardinals PSA Contest

Ladue Junior Jenna Kalishman’s PSA was recently selected as the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals “Great Save Teen” Public Service Announcement contest. St. Louis students were invited to take part in the National Teen PSA Peer to Peer Crime Prevention Project. Students created a 30-second message on any topic that raises awareness with the goal of preventing teen victimization. As a recognized charity of Major League Baseball, Jenna’s winning video and Ladue Schools will be recognized on the field during a pre-game ceremony with the St. Louis Cardinals. You can view the video below:

High School Students’ Organizations Raise Funds for Refugees

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s German Honor Society and Amnesty International joined forces on Saturday, April 22, to enjoy trivia fun, pizza, and to raise funds for St. Louis’s International Institute Refugee Relief Fund. Over 65 students came together to test their trivia knowledge and contribute to a good cause. The event raised $500, which will go to the fund. Congratulations to the presidents of these organizations, Teddy Vincent and Kenan Elzoobi, for pooling their creativity and people power to do good in the community!

Old Bonhomme Art Studio & Olivette Partner for Community Mosaic

Congratulations to the City of Olivette! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the City of Olivette, one of the ten municipalities that comprise the Ladue School District, celebrated the grand opening of the new Olivette City Center! The community was invited to tour the new facility, including the official unveiling of a mosaic tree, designed and coordinated by Lisa Roth, art teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary School. Old Bonhomme students, city officials, first responders and members of the Olivette community participated in creating this piece of art celebrating the community’s growth, strength and individualism.

“The tree mosaic turned out really great!” Lisa said. “I loved the whole process of bringing our community together through art. Each student artist has a tile included in the mosaic, along with every firefighter, police officer, city administrator, family and community members! This is a huge piece of art (10 feet by 28 feet!), and it will beautify the space for many years.”

Conway Elementary Parent Teaches Students How to Code

Conway parent Suparba Panda decided to leave her full-time job as vice president of technology at Equifax to teach young students how to work with innovative technology. Suparba created TymeMachine, a nonprofit designed to introduce students to evolving technologies such as robotics, biometrics, 3-D printing and more!

Suparba recently spent several weeks working with students at Conway Elementary, where her son attends school. She led an afterschool workshop teaching students an introductory coding class. To learn more, check out this article published by Ladue News!

LHWHS Students Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network

This Saturday, Feb. 4, 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 $44,237.04, about $11,000 more than last year. You can watch the big reveal video here! Over the past four years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised close to $127,000. 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.

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 4.02.48 PM“Our executive directors, Julia Biest and Shirley Gelman, started raising money last summer, well before any previous year’s efforts had begun,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “They never stopped striving to motivate the executive board. All of our student leaders worked tirelessly to create fundraising opportunities (through companies such as Waterway and Kendra Scott), to recruit dancers, and to inspire the participants to remember why they signed up for the event: not for the party, but 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, and is now one of two in the Greater St. Louis region.

Check out more photos here!