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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.

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18 I SCHOOLS I March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Spring into Home Maintenance! Save on your roof replacement MENTION THIS AD FOR A FREE UPGRADE TO GAF AMERICAN HARVEST SHINGLES Raintree students with their collected supplies for dog and cat toys. bulletin board By BONNIE KRUEGER Showing love to homeless dogs, cats While kids around St. Louis were exchanging valentines and eating candy hearts, students at Raintree School were dedicating their day to helping stray cats and dogs at Humane Society of Missouri. The young children at Raintree spent the month of January making cat toys and running a cat and dog donation drive. In February, with Valentine’s Day on the minds of students of every age, the children at Raintree School decided to show their love for area strays. Just in time for a Valentine’s Day delivery, the pre-kindergartners and kindergartners spent the week sorting and counting the items they collected. “They need us to help them, because they are lonely and they don’t have a home yet,” says Kassie, a 6-year-old in Raintree’s kindergarten class. With the goal of helping homeless animals have what they need as they await new homes, the children spent their free time shredding scrap paper and making cat toys from the socks they’ve outgrown. Boxes of used paper were collected from area elementary schools and businesses, and students spent weeks shredding in their free time. With over 300 items donated and a mountain of heaping bags of shredded paper, the young students of Raintree School learned the impact of helping those in need – even if they’re furry. On Valentine’s Day, the 4- to 6-year olds visited the Humane Society of Missouri to deliver their gifts. Each child was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Humane Society of Missouri. Rockwood excels at FLL Eastern Missouri Championships Students from Rockwood South Middle, Crestview Middle and Lafayette High were among Rockwood School District students who performed well at the First Lego League Eastern Missouri Championships in January. The iBots, made up of students from Crestview and Lafayette, won the first place championship award, which means they qualified to compete at the world championships. The iBots are made up of Crestview eighth-grade students Amal Khan, Deena Iqbal, Liyoung Martin and Pooja Reddy, as well as Lafayette ninthgrade student Rohith Ryali. The Pink Programming Pandas, otherwise known as “P3,” is a team from Rockwood South Middle. They received the Inspiration Award, presented for extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. Team members are eighth-grade student Julianne Farwig, seventh-grade students Gracie Steinmeyer, Ally Roberts, Jordyn Maserang, Mira Iyer and Anna DeLuca, and sixth-grade student Alexis Lieberman. The First Lego League World Championships will be held in Houston in April. BJC scholarship applicants sought Applications now are being accepted for the BJC Scholars Fund, a scholarship opportunity for college-bound high school seniors who plan to pursue a two- or fouryear degree. BJC created the scholarship in response to regional community needs identified by the Ferguson Commission. In its second year, the BJC Scholars Fund is funded by BJC and administered by The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. Scholarships are awarded annually to up to 14 students in communities served by BJC hospitals. Scholarships will be renewable through graduation or a maximum of 10 semesters, resulting in 50-60 BJC Scholars being funded each year when the program reaches full implementation. Each scholarship will be a need-based award of $10,000 per academic year at a public Missouri or Illinois state college or university in the state where the student resides, or at a public university in another state offering in-state tuition reciprocity. The annually renewable scholarship will be applicable toward tuition, fees, room and board, transportation and incidental costs. The Scholarship Foundation will support students and parents in taking full advantage of other state, federal and institutional funds to which students are entitled, to ensure that the BJC scholarship award enables the complete funding required for full-year attendance. The BJC Scholars Fund submission deadline is April 16. Recipients will be announced in July for the 2018-2019 academic year. Interested students can access more information online at sfstl.org/financialaid/student-loans-grants. Parkway, Rockwood add more Schools of Character Character Education Partnership recently recognized Ballwin Elementary in Rockwood and the Early Childhood program and Central Middle in Parkway as State Schools of Character for their dedicated focus on character development. Schools of Character must demonstrate that their focus on character development has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. Recognition as a State School of Character is a step toward being honored as a National School of Character. Comprehensive character education addresses many tough issues in education while developing a positive school climate. It can be effective in any school setting, as National Schools of Character demonstrate. Educators from this diverse array of schools have transformed their school cultures, reduced discipline referrals, increased academic achievement for all learners, developed global citizens, and improved job satisfaction and retention among teachers. That brings the total number of Rockwood Schools of Character to 19, with 17 schools given National distinction. Parkway currently has 12 Schools of Character, with seven schools given National distinction. The Crestview iBots pose for a team photo. See BULLETIN BOARD, page 21

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