Apples for everyone
There’s more to celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day than delicious treats, though paraprofessional Jodie Avery and first grade teacher Carrie Thomson know that’s the best part.
While the apples became applesauce, Thomson’s first-grade class at Westhoff Elementary was busy with several other activities.
“We read about Johnny Chapman, and how he became known as Johnny Appleseed by traveling West and planting apple seeds everywhere he went,” Thomson said. “We read leveled texts about Johnny Appleseed and answer comprehension questions, we use our books as references to support our thinking. And we do math activities involving addition using our strategies.”
But the real fun is in the treats.
“We taste the three colors of apples and graph the class favorites,” Thomson explained.
STEM Scouts offers new opportunity for scientific kids
Instead of starting a campfire, a new kind of Scout may opt to learn the nuances of a Bunsen burner.
The Boy Scouts of America, including its Greater St. Louis Area Council, is embarking on a new co-education program called STEM Scouts. The program will examine what goes on inside a laboratory rather than outside in the great outdoors.
The local council is among 12 councils nationally that are implementing the STEM Scout initiative, which is modeled after a pilot program that took place in Knoxville, Tennessee, last year. Boys and girls, from grades three through 12, will work with STEM professionals at laboratory sessions held outside the regular school classroom.
The program, while separate from the Boy Scouts program because its co-ed, will share the values of the Boy Scouts program.
“The goal is to get youth more involved with (science, technology, engineering and math) outside of school, get them involved with STEM professionals and help them learn how it could be a career,” said Joey Stokes, STEM Scouts executive with the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
Stokes said STEM Scouts is meant to “excite and engage youth that are not interested in the typical scouting program.”
“So they might not want to go camping or might not want to do fire building, or they might not want to learn about the outdoors,” Stokes said. “This gives them a chance to do things inside, like in lab settings. It (the labs) might be at school, it might be at a YMCA, and it might be at a library.”
Stokes said students will get to do experiments that challenge them while having fun. The students will be divided into elementary, middle and high school divisions and meet once a week for about 90 minutes. They also will have a curriculum that will change each year, but no tests, and they may be able to go on a field trip to a STEM business or location.
Stokes said the goal is to have 400 to 600 kids signed up the first year. The council also is seeking to form partnerships with volnteers, mentors, companies and other organizations that are involved in organizing STEM activities.
Variety, the Children’s Charity brings ‘Mary Poppins’ to life
Based on the timeless Disney film that introduced the world to the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Mary Poppins brings a surplus of joy and wonder to the Variety Children’s Theatre stage. Boasting a local cast of top theatrical talents and a children’s ensemble featuring kids of all ability levels, Mary Poppins runs Oct. 23-25 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Tickets range from $15-$45 and are available at www.touhill.org. Performance times are at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25
Seven seniors from the Fort Zumwalt School District were among the 34,000 students recognized nationally for their academic promise. They placed among the top 5 percent nationally of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Corporation contest by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last fall. Recognized were Justin Davenport, Jacob Herbst and Elizabeth Steiner of West High, Christopher Hodges of South High, and Ben Kramer, Yushin Lee and Justin Williams of North High.
Building future leaders
Recently students in the Builder’s Club at Fort Zumwalt North Middle held their first fundraising event, a Pancake Breakfast.
Pancakes were flipped right onto the plates of patrons as they came through the door. If patrons weren’t fast enough the pancake went onto the floor, but no one worried about that because a broom was handy and it was cleaned right up. Students also cleared tables and talked about membership in their club to any young people who came.
The Builder’s Club members raised enough money to buy new feet for their school mascot, Doogar.
The O’Fallon Kiwanis Club supports three clubs in middle schools and two clubs in area high schools. Students in these clubs learn leadership and team building skills. They also build new friendships and learn about giving back to their community.
Progress 64 West will award scholarships totaling $7,500 to two area high school seniors attending schools along the Hwy. 40/I-64 corridor. The awards are funded through the organization’s annual Louis S. Sachs Scholarship program and are awarded to graduating seniors based upon their submission of an executive summary of a business plan. Winners will be announced at the 28th annual Excellence in Community Development Awards benquet on November 25.
Two college scholarships will be awarded as follows:
• A $5,000 scholarship, paid in two installments of $2,500 – one for the student’s first year of college and another for the second year.
• A $2,500 scholarship, paid in one installment for the student’s first year of college.
The Louis S. Sachs Scholarship is awarded annually in honor of the late Louis S. Sachs, a visionary entrepreneur. Accordingly, Progress 64 West is looking for applicants who have entrepreneurial dreams.
Applicants must be high school seniors in the Parkway, Rockwood, Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt and Wentzville school districts, attend private schools or be home-schooled within these five areas. The scholarship is sponsored by American Direct Marketing Resources, LLC, DosterUllom & Boyle, LLC, and Stinson Leonard Street.
For complete eligibility requirements or an application, visit www.progress64west.org.
All applications must be received by Oct. 30 and should be submitted by email to the attention of Sharon Huber at email@example.com.