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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:50am

AFFTON — Joyful shouts and laughter, the universal language of childhood, echo across the Affton High School pool on Saturday mornings when American teenagers teach dozens of refugee children how to swim.

The 12 volunteer coaches from Lutheran High School South, many from the school’s swim team, give weekly swimming lessons each winter to dozens of children ages 5 and older from seven African and East Asian countries.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:50am

WEBSTER GROVES — Parents in the Webster Groves School District are being asked to weigh in on a plan to add about 20 minutes to each school day in the next school year so that the district can try to end the year before Memorial Day.

Parents are being notified by email this week and Superintendent John Simpson said he's hoping to evaluate responses at the school board's Feb. 24 meeting, with the results incorporated into the final decision.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:50am

CHESTERFIELD — Vito Polizzi says he only remembers the good things about his fifth grade pupils. For example, he remembers 10-year-old Adria Moore was always happy to come to school.

Now 23 years later, Moore is still happy to see Polizzi every day at Wild Horse Elementary in the Rockwood School District, where they both teach.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:39pm

Darryl Diggs was speaking to students at an elementary school in St. Louis County when it struck him — the students would likely graduate from high school without ever having a black man for a teacher.

The racial disproportion between students and teachers in many St. Louis districts is a form of educational malpractice, said Diggs, 37, an assistant principal at Parkway South High School.

Not only do black students have few role models in education, but educators also can feel isolated and vulnerable without black mentors in their schools.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:39pm

JUPITER, Fla. — Even on days like this, almost a week before the official start of Cardinals spring training, there’s a bullpen of autograph-seekers gathered outside the gates at the team’s complex hoping for a signature as a player turns onto University Boulevard. It’s not unusual for a collector or kid to have a three-ring binder full of baseball cards, organized so that if a player lowers his car window the card is quick-draw available to hand over.

At times this spring, Paul DeJong is going to flip the tradition.

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