Elementary schools

Read, Right, Run Marathon has a calming effect

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Outside, the kindergarten through fifth-graders were chatty, energetic and a bit difficult to corral at times.

But once inside Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village nursing home, the St. Mark School students were calm and focused. The difference? A couple big bags full of books and a task of reading the books to some of the residents at tables in a commons area.

Academic Enrichment Program supports growth of high-achieving students

Avonelle Lindon piped whipped egg whites for meringue cookies, one of the baked goods she sells through her company, Tic Tac Dough. She started the non-profit bakery as part of the Academic Enrichment Program at Our Lady of Lourdes School in University City, where she is in seventh grade.

While many students hit the books after school, Avonelle Lindon is working away in the kitchen, perfecting her latest baking project.

Coconut nest cupcakes — complete with miniature "eggs" — and sunny-side-up meringues with lemon curd were on the seventh-grader's menu as she recently worked on spring recipes.

Beyond Sunday pays off in school, PSR grants

“Mine’s raining!” exclaimed first-grader Nathan Frein, 7, while doing an experiment about precipitation on April 11 at the St. Michael the Archangel
campus of Holy Cross Academy. Students predicted how much blue water needed to be added to a cloud of shaving cream to make it “rain” —
the heavier blue water descending through the cloud and into the cup. Holy Cross Academy has been awarded a grant from the Roman Catholic
Foundation of Eastern Missouri to improve its STREAM curriculum.

Catholic school students already have benefited from the Beyond Sunday capital campaign, and now Parish Schools of Religion (PSR), Catholic grade schools and high schools will do the same.

St. Charles Borromeo students support school in Uganda

The answer was quick when St. Charles Borromeo School parent Stacey Iadezito came to principal Jackie Voelkl asking her help in raising funds to purchase mattresses for Broader Vision School in Uganda.

Certainly, or as Curly Howard from the Three Stooges would emphasize the affirmative, "Soi-ten-ly."

The students at the school in St. Charles responded enthusiastically as well, raising almost $2,230 for the school in Uganda, an archdiocesan Mission Office-sponsored program of Pan y Amor.

St. Roch School students join Green St. Louis Machine for healthy eating

Mallory Minana, center, a seventh-grader at St. Roch School, joined teacher Pete Shaver and classmates to harvest vegetables for a salad. St. Roch joined the Green St. Louis Machine program, which is an aeroponic gardening program organized by the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

On a recent weeknight at Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club, several tables were lined with a host of colorful and delectable foods and beverages — Caesar salad, pesto pizza, Thai chicken lettuce wraps, basil lemonade and kale cheesecake.

These delights were part of a Spring Harvest and literally the fruits — well, veggies, to be more exact — of the labors of students participating in the Green St. Louis Machine, an area program that brings aeroponic gardening into the urban classroom.

School’s volunteer-led effort taps students’ creativity

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The first-grade students listened patiently and watched as parent-volunteers used a Smartboard to explain the purpose and method of making prayer flags common in Tibet.

Next, they received a sample of symbols they could draw on their colorful square flag. Ella Torrez chose a fleur de lis "because I live in St. Louis and also because I like Mary because she's nice to the baby Jesus," she said.

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