Bike rehab 101
For the last four years, National Honor Society students at Lafayette High have been rolling up their sleeves to provide bicycles to those less fortunate.
Working with the Bike Rehab Ministry at Manchester United Methodist Church, students clean bikes, grease chains and make sure the gears are good to go. “For many recipients the bike is their means of transportation,” said Linda Vail, Bike Rehab Ministry organizer. “For many children, it is their very first bike to own.”
The students are dedicated to the cause. Since September, they have helped to rehab more than 170 bikes for St. Louis-area charities. In 2014, more than 560 bikes were rehabbed.
“Students not only get service hours, but they get the knowledge of a job well done,” said Lafayette NHS sponsor Melissa Twombly. “It is pretty cool to look at the bikes they helped make ready for kids in need.”
Even alumni are helping out.
“The transportation of the bikes is made possible by the donated use of a truck by a company who employs Lafayette graduate Craig Waldrop,” Vail explained. “He graciously offers to drive the truck on the days we deliver them.”
The students will have another opportunity in April to help the Bike Rehab Ministry.
Sharing a Cinderella moment
For the last three years, Rockwood Summit student Mia Zacher has been collecting gently used prom dresses for the Cinderella Project.
The Cinderella Project promotes confidence and self-esteem in young women by providing the gift of a prom dress to girls unable to afford one on their own. Zacher began her mission by collecting dresses from family, friends and her high school. That first year she gathered 79 dresses to donate. In the following two years, Zacher collected an additional 355 dresses.
Mia is now a senior, and the drive, which ended on Feb. 28, was her last. It was a bittersweet moment.
“I’m going to college next year,” Zacher said, “so I won’t be here to do any collecting.
“This year The Cinderella Project has been taken over by The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition of St. Louis. I think it is a great move because that is such a great organization. I’m excited as well because I am adopted so it makes it a little more personal for me. Now they will give free dresses to the girls who are referred by their school counselors and also all girls in foster care will get a dress too!”
Show-Me a Movie contest winners
LaSalle Springs Middle teacher Rebecca Schweizer is beaming after a group of students took two out of three middle school awards in the annual Show-Me a Movie contest.
“I could not be happier that these two groups won the Show-Me a Movie contest,” Schweizer said. “They really put a lot of hard work into this project and their final videos were both professional and creative.”
The Show-Me a Movie contest is a digital storytelling competition for private, public and parochial students in grades 2-12 in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. All two-minute movies must have a theme of science, technology, engineering, art and/or math.
LaSalle Springs Middle students Maddie Thomas, Megan Moll and Kate Allred’s video “Incandescent vs. Fluorescent Light Bulbs” won the Show-Me Your Creativity category.
Sophie Crain and Xoe Bergman’s video “Using Art in the Real World” won the Show-Me Your Community category.
The students were recognized at the Show-Me a Movie reception at the METC (Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect) Conference on Feb. 10.
Local artist visits St. John
Alaine Peaslee-Hinshaw (Mrs. PH), a local artist with Eclectic Arts, visited St. John to introduce students to specific design techniques utilizing paint, drawing tools, and sculpting tools. After discussing art “ingredients” such as shape and color, the students talked about various animals and how animals are comprised of shapes, colors, etc. Mrs. PH introduced the students to a book titled “Scranimals” by Jack Prelutsky, which introduced the idea of two animals combined to make a new one. The students collaborated to create new and exciting animals by using a variety of materials.
Teens Helping Teens Make Positive Life Choices
Depression, anxiety, drugs, bullying, and self-harm: For teenagers, these issues can make life difficult or even overwhelming.
BreakdownSTL knows the struggles of teenagers because almost everyone involved in the show is a teenager!
This production educates and empowers teens to make the best choices for their lives and future. This event is free at St. John Church in Ellisville on March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Teens may bring friends, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit breakdownstl.eventbrite.com.
Local schools receive national recognition
Two more Rockwood schools have been named Missouri Schools of Character, bringing the district’s total to 15, 11 of which also are National Schools of Character.
Character.org (formerly known as Character Education Partnership) awarded Rockwood Early Childhood and Selvidge Middle the honor. They were among 80 schools and four districts from 18 states that were deemed 2015 State Schools and Districts of Character.
“Rockwood believes strongly in the importance of character education,” said Rockwood Coordinator of Prevention and Guidance Shonda Ambers-Phillips. “This is an important variable as the district focuses its efforts on doing whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential.”
Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development that has a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. Schools and districts announced will be forwarded on to the national evaluation process for consideration to be National Schools of Character.
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Two Parkway schools, McKelvey Elementary and West Middle, are among only eight across the state to be named 2015 Missouri Gold Star Schools.
The Gold Star Schools program is designed to identify schools that are performing at high academic levels or who are performing at a high level while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. The honor is from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Both schools now will be considered for the Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
Parkway previously has earned 15 Blue Ribbon Awards and 18 Gold Star Awards.