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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:24pm

BELLERIVE ACRES • The University of Missouri-St. Louis graduated its first class in 1967 — the same year physics professor Bob Henson, 82, came to campus.

The longtime professor has worked under all 11 chancellors in the young university’s history, and has watched the evolution of education, from chalkboards to online classes — two of which he teaches.

“It hasn’t seemed like 50 years to me. Fairly often I think, ‘Have I really been here that long?’” he jokes, adding that he’s not ready to retire until he’s “fulfilled everything I’ve wanted to fulfill in my career.”

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:24pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. • Die-hard fan Dave Merz sent an email in May to leaders at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“With enrollment down and the closing of several dorms, could some of the closed dorms be used for housing parents during home football games?” he asked.

A month later, Mizzou announced plans to do just that.

The dorm-turned-hotel planning was likely months into the making by the time Merz sent his email, but the loyal Tigers fan put his money where his mouth is.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:26pm

Missouri music teacher Tracy King’s second job began about two decades ago with one problem: She couldn’t find any useful educational materials to put on her classroom bulletin board.

So she started making her own. After a few years doing that, other teachers started asking her to make some for them, too.

Then, in 2006, an online marketplace called Teachers Pay Teachers launched, allowing teachers like King to sell resources they make to teachers anywhere.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:26pm

A Parkway student and a Rockwood student, both from Chesterfield, earned the Missouri Advanced Placement Scholar Award this year.

The state-level award goes to one male student and one female student from each state who earned the most AP test scores of 3 or higher and the highest average score on all AP tests taken.

Haran Kumar, who attends Parkway West High School, and Lucy Zhu, who attends Marquette High School in the Rockwood district, earned this year's Missouri award.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:26pm

ST. LOUIS • About 1,200 St. Louis Public Schools students are getting free Samsung Galaxy smartphones to do their homework and take online classes.

It's part of an initiative by Sprint called the 1 Million Project that's meant to close the so-called "homework gap" by giving one million free devices to students across the country. The term "homework gap" refers to children who live in households that lack broadband access.

"Technology is simply a tool. It doesn't do anything but give kids more access," said Superintendent Kelvin Adams. "This takes away a barrier."

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