Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:03am

Life was not exactly a cabaret for Nancy Harvey. It was a full-scale musical production. Loud and joyous, the stage overflowing with people.

Nancy got her love of the theater, but not her exuberance, from her mother. Thelma Hines was a dour person, not known to smile easily. She was born in 1911 and earned a master’s degree in mathematics when that was quite unusual for a woman. Thelma married a lawyer, and Nancy, the first of their four children — and their only daughter — was born in 1936.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:03am

HAZELWOOD — For the first time in more than a year, students in the Hazelwood School District are experiencing the real world of desks, recess and gym class.

Schools reopened Monday for prekindergarten through second grade. Over the next two weeks, students in the higher grades will return.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:03am

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Children increase their vocabularies when they hear recordings of storybooks being read to them as they read along, a new study from the University of Missouri and the University of South Florida has found.

At MU, the primary author was Beth Kelley, assistant professor in the School of Health Professions. Her collaborator in Florida was Howard Goldstein. Kelley is a speech-language pathologist who works with children.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:03am

Bobby Edwards is no stranger to hardship. After his mother passed away when he was just 11-years-old, he and his siblings grew up in the St. Louis foster care system. He was a member of the desegregation program, catching a bus at 5 a.m. to Rockwood School District. He struggled in school as a teenager, and his teachers just saw him as someone who was coming to school late and fatigued without understanding why.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

Lauren Bax’s first grade students are taught all the core subjects like math, science and reading – but there is no shortage of joy and laughter.

Silliness is the ethos that she hopes to maintain in her classroom at Barrington Elementary in the Hazelwood School District. She often incorporates a song or a saying into the lessons or encourages students to celebrate their successes. “We have classroom cheers that we use on a daily basis to encourage [or] congratulate each other,” she said.

Leaving impressions and leading her team

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

JEFFERSON CITY — Proponents of a measure allowing students in the St. Louis area to draw scholarship funds in order to attend the school of their choice won a narrow victory in the Missouri House on Thursday, sending the proposal to the Senate for debate.

The measure survived on an 82-71 vote, winning the minimum number of “yes” votes necessary to advance to the upper chamber. Thirty Republicans voted against the measure.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

Although the mayor of St. Louis has little influence over the city’s education system, candidates for the position have weighed in as the public school district shrinks and charter schools expand.

This year, enrollment in St. Louis Public Schools from kindergarten through high school dropped to around 18,000, while close to 12,000 students enrolled in charter schools.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Students who graduate from the University of Missouri this spring will have in-person ceremonies, the university announced Thursday.

There will be precautionary measures in place.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

JEFFERSON CITY — A day after state senators stayed up late to debate a sweeping education proposal, the Missouri House moved Wednesday to give first-round approval to a controversial measure that would provide scholarships for K-12 students to attend schools of their choice.

“Missouri is not serving children in a way that they deserve,” said Rep. Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Peters. “We are not providing a system of education that allows every child to realize their full potential.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:15am

Do you run a summer camp for kids? We would love to hear from you. We are working with Blueprint4Summer to compile St. Louis’ most complete guide to summer camps, and we need your help.

First, create a free account online at After you have created your account, send an email to with the name of the camp you represent.