Students at Parkway’s Mason Ridge Elementary and staff raised money for the American Heart Association by participating in the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs, which promote physical fitness and heart health. More than $66,000 was raised, with Mason Ridge Elementary School students netting $10,886, the seventh largest amount of the approximately 900 participating schools in Missouri. (Pictured, above)
Students from The Wilson School have their work on display at The Sheldon Art Galleries in an exhibit titled, ‘Through Their Eyes: Children Imagine St. Louis History,’ which runs through Jan. 24, 2015. After visits to the History Museum, Ste. Genevieve and Fort de Chartres, students began piecing together a picture of life in colonial St. Louis and created portraits, writings and a video to reflect what they learned.
Throughout a six-year span, North Kirkwood Middle School students participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s fundraising initiative, School & Youth, to honor fellow student, seventh-grader Luke Giunta (pictured). Giunta is now in remission from lymphoblastic lymphoma. Through the Pennies for Patients and Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies programs, they scraped together spare change, as well as participated in other activities. The initiative encourages students to support their peers battling cancer by hosting various fundraisers over a three-week period each year.
Miriam School seventh-graders Jake Warren and Ella Rodman and eighth-grader Olivia Siegel were among the gardeners at their classroom plot in the Webster Groves Community Garden. The project-based learning activity pairs students with Master Gardeners from the Missouri Botanical Garden to cultivate and grow vegetables and fruits, which the students sold at the Webster Groves Farmers Market.
Students at Chesterfield Day School created their own version of the popular TV show Shark Tank. After learning about the problems facing American colonists and English citizens living in the 1600s, fourth-graders set out to develop products using materials available from the era that would have enhanced the quality of life, including water filtration systems and new ideas for outdoor lighting. Once a prototype was made, students pitched their products to ‘investors.’