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Monday, June 10, 2019 - 2:08pm

HAZELWOOD • From kindergarten through graduation, teachers could always count on Tanner Whitworth.

The Hazelwood West High School senior and shortstop on the baseball team did not miss a single day of school since starting kindergarten in 2006.

Whitworth's perfect attendance record over 13 years topped 2,200 consecutive days of class, with not even a single missed period in high school. Whitworth also attended Russell Elementary and West Middle schools.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:20pm

Penmanship; they still teach that?

Not only is it still taught, 10-year-old Maggie Hartman of O'Fallon, Mo., actually excels at it.

Maggie, a fourth-grader at Immaculate Conception of Dardenne in St. Charles County, won the national title for her grade in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 11:01am

“I don’t think I’ve ever discovered a student who was presented with actual history and thought it was boring,” says Keith Baker, who has taught the subject at Edwardsville High School for 20 years. “It’s about functional education. History has to come alive. The connections have to be introduced, and then students can start asking questions. They’ll learn that history is not only tremendously complicated, but it is also tremendously interesting.”

As if on cue, a student within earshot responds: “What you’re saying is true.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:13am

CLAYTON — They said she would never talk again, but Lauren Murphy will deliver the commencement address Monday for her alma mater, Fontbonne University.

Murphy, 31, was hit by a car while jogging in Los Angeles on a business trip six years ago. To save her life, surgeons had to remove parts of her brain that were dangerously swollen, including the left temporal lobe.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:13am

MOLINE ACRES • A mobile farmers' market will set up at the Lewis and Clark library every Thursday through November to bring affordable produce, meal planning and healthy recipe guidance.

The nonprofit St. Louis MetroMarket is a converted city bus that moves around the region to sell fresh food in low-income communities.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:30am

ST. LOUIS • About 250 desks are waiting to be filled at two charter elementary schools opening this fall.

Lift for Life Academy, one of the first charter schools to open in St. Louis in 2000, will expand to elementary grades starting in the fall. The elementary school will open in a building near the current middle and high school campus at 1731 South Broadway.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:30am

“I’m not the traditional theatre teacher that comes to mind,” says Brandon Riley of Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA). “The first couple of years, the parents would hear about me and then meet me — and then there’s a five- to ten-second reboot period. I’m a decent-sized black male,” he says, laughing.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:30am

ST. LOUIS • The Missouri Board of Education on Tuesday voted to return control of the city’s public schools to an elected board after 12 years of state control.

“I think we can look forward to a new St. Louis Public Schools,” said Donna Jones, the longest serving member of the elected board, which had continued to meet during state control. “The future looks bright.”