St. Gerard Majella School Wins $50,000 Prize in the U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities Campaign|
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 4, 2012 - Students, teachers and administrators at St. Gerard Majella in Kirkwood, Mo. are $50,000 richer after being named a 2012 Champion in U.S. Cellula's Calling All Communities campaign. The contest awards $150,000 to the school that garners the most online votes and the next 17 schools receive $50,000 each.
For the third year in a row a school in Seymour, Tenn., a suburb of Knoxville with 11,000 residents, has captured the top prize in the wireless carrier's $1 million nationwide campaign to support education. Seymour Middle School rallied the most votes to take home the $150,000. In 2011, Seymour Primary School was the big $150,000 winner and Seymour High School won $100,000 the year before.
Seymour joins three other Tennessee schools in the Top 18, including two from Cookeville. Illinois matched Tennesse's statewide total with four winning schools, Iowa tallied three winners and North Carolina and Oklahoma each had two. Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin had one winner apiece to round out the list of 2012 champions.
St. Gerard Majella first showed up on the Top 100 list on Sept. 25 at number 96, and as excited parents rallied the community in support of their cause, the school made a massive jump to number 51 by October 2nd. When the last list was released on October 16, St. Gerard had climbed all the way to number 8 among all the schools across the country competing for the money, but continued to rally votes during the final week of voting in the hope that they could hold onto a spot in the top 18.
To get out the vote in Davenport, Iowa, first graders at Trinity Lutheran School put together a YouTube video to tell people they need the money to repair the school's air conditioning. Lori Burns, principal of Monroe Elementary School in Janesville, Wis., promised to spend a night on the school's roof if they won a share of the $1 million prize. The school also took out billboards around town to direct people to their local U.S. Cellular store.
St. Louis Public Library Presents Young Adult Literature and Writing for Teens
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 1, 2012 - The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present eight adult and teen authors during November.
In addition, there will be a special Panel Discussion on Young Adult Literature and Writing for Teens featuring Heather Brewer, Antony John, and Fiona Paul. All events are FREE and open to the public.
Heather Brewer, Antony John, and Fiona Paul are the participants in a Panel Discussion: Young Adult Literature and Writing for Teens. A book signing follows. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on November 29 at 7 p.m.
Heather Brewer is the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles. An anti-bullying advocate, she has connected personally with her fans, who call themselves her Minions.
Antony John has written Busted, Five Flavors of Dumb, Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, and his newest book, Elemental.
Fiona Paul's recent debut novel, Venom, is a tapestry of beauty, romance, and mystery that takes place in Venice.
Celebrate the 121st birthday of the Julia Davis Branch's namesake with a special book discussion and signing featuring St. Louisan Terry Baker Mulligan, author of Sugar Hill: Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem-A Memoir. The event takes place at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on November 24 at 2 p.m.
Mulligan writes about weathering adolescence while history unfolds around her. The story resonates with humor and warmth as she chronicles her life among evangelists, curly-haired doo-wop boys, snuff-dippers, Fidel Castro's entourage, interracial marriage, chitlin' parties, and testy interactions between West Indians and Southern blacks.
Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.
For more information, call 314-206-6779.
Three New Charter Schools to Open in August 2013
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 19, 2012 - When the 2013 school year begins, three new charter schools will open to St. Louis City residents. Other charter schools will add grades and capacity. The charter schools opening in 2013 include:
Lafayette Preparatory Academy (LPA) (K-5) offers a comprehensive high-quality public education for students in the Downtown/ Near Southside neighborhoods. LPA's mission is to provide students with academic core knowledge and the ability to reason, solve problems, and execute solutions in service and concern for their community. LPA utilizes an extended day to implement research-proven curriculum that focuses heavily on math, literacy, critical thinking, and science. Lafayette Preparatory Academy's Elementary School will open initially as a K-1 with 94 students. For information or to enroll for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact Susan Marino, Head of School, email@example.com or visit: http://www.lafayetteprep.org/#/
The mission of EAGLE College Prep Endeavor (K-8) is to develop serving leaders by providing a rigorous college prep learning community where students work together toward the pursuit of academic excellence and character development in a safe, supportive, and loving learning environment. EAGLE College Prep Endeavor provides an education with a loving emphasis that is genuinely transformational for our student, and is commitment to establishing a distinctive identity as one of America's finest public college-preparatory institutions, developing students who are academic standouts and active community servants. EAGLE will open as a K-3 serving 130 students. It is located at 4293 Chippewa Street. Parents interested in additional information can call principal Dr. Suzanne Johnson at 314-541-0072, firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the website at: educationalenterprises.org/eagle/stlouis
Gateway Science Academy of St. Louis-South (K-12) is a college preparatory school that will provides students with an innovative world-class education rich in math, science and technology, focused on preparing students to become bold inquirers, problem solvers and ethical leaders, and skill-ready for post-secondary education. GSA-South will open as a K-6 serving 350 students, and will add one grade of 50 students each year thereafter. GSA-South will be located at 6651 Gravois Avenue. The school will serve the surrounding community, which includes a large immigrant population. For more information or to enroll, contact Mr. Matt Sagnak, principal, at (314) 932-7513, or visit http://www.gsastl.org/
The three new schools bring to 18 the number of new charter schools in St. Louis. Charter schools have different themes, serve different neighborhoods, and target a variety of grades.
By this fall, more than 9,000 children attend public charter schools in the City of St. Louis. By offering free public schools and ensuring that those schools are meeting expectations, thousands more families are staying in the City. Thousands more children are getting a good, free public education.
"St. Louis is a great place to live, a great place to work and a great place to play. But for decades families have not been convinced that we are a great place for public schools. We are changing that," said St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. "When quality schools open, test scores go up and for sale signs come down."