Schools

  • December 8, 2017

    KC Scholars...

    By John Sharp A junior at Ruskin High School, Shyria Darrington, got a standing ovation from those attending a November lunch sponsored by State Representative DaRon McGee to inform elected officials about the KC Scholars program which provides college scholarships and incentives to save money for college. Darrington, who helps...

  • November 22, 2017

    Center culinary...

    By Jill Draper A lackluster salad bar—iceberg lettuce, carrots and sometimes one additional raw vegetable—gave students at Center Alternative School the idea for their winning entry in a “Shark Tank”-style competition sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of America. The goal was to design a project that creates healthier food options...

  • November 7, 2017

    Hickman Mills,...

    By John Sharp About 250 people heard Jackson County Executive and Royals icon Frank White, Jr., tell how important it was to him as a teenager to have people believe in his abilities at the October 27 annual gala I chaired of the Hickman Mills Educational Foundation at the Armacost...

  • November 7, 2017

    BARSTOW FIFTH...

    A Barstow fifth grader is a finalist in the inaugural “Dreamvention” contest, hosted by Frito-Lay Variety Pack Brands, for a product she created for the school’s Invention Fair last spring. Julia Luetje, age 10, entered her “Storm Sleeper” in the contest, which recognizes students’ boundless imagination and creativity in “dreamventing”...

  • November 7, 2017

    Ribbon Cutting...

    An election day coffee shop ribbon cutting at Avila might be a nice treat for voters in the area.

  • November 1, 2017

    Bambini Creativi...

    “A lot of our parents don’t want their kids to leave.” Story and photos by Jill Draper Brianne Teevan-Bongiovanni was performing at The Second City theater and designing exhibits for the Chicago Children’s Museum when she learned about the Reggio Emilia Approach, an educational philosophy—somewhat like Montessori and Waldorf—that’s based...

  • October 16, 2017

    She crossed...

    Author recalls childhood immigration experience at Avila’s Speaker Series By Jill Draper Heartache and confusion are what Reyna Grande remembers most as a young child when her parents abandoned her and two siblings in Mexico to seek better jobs in the United States. Six years later in the mid-1980s her...

  • October 12, 2017

    What you...

    The parent-teacher conference can be one of the most productive opportunities to help your child succeed in school.

  • October 3, 2017

    Avila cuts...

    "It doesn't really cost that much to deliver a college education. We're calling it 'truer education,'" says marketing coordinator James Wright.

  • September 30, 2017

    What to...

    As teen suicide escalates due to bullying, experts share ways to intervene before it's too late.

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