North Glendale Elementary School kindergarten students in Ms. Ducey’s class packed up care packages to be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. The students began collecting items after a Veterans Day visit from Lt. Col. Mark Parcells, who is the father of one of the kindergarten students.

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School student Abigail Schlegl sold her crafts, ‘Art with a Heart’ at the school’s annual Holiday Boutique. The crafts, including personalized canvas shoes, locker magnets and a children’s book, raised money for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Representatives from area businesses, hospitals, radio stations and television channels got an early visit from the LLS Bunny, as they assisted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society prepare for its annual egg hunt. Children at the 4th Annual LLS Hunt for a Cure will search for 60,000 toy- and candy-filled eggs, all stuffed by area seniors. The hunt will be held April 12 at Queeny Park. Pictured: James Perry, Erik Beishir, Chelsey Childress, LLS Bunny, Kevin Robinson, Jared Henningsen, Kelly Rebal, Kristi Carson and Stephanye Pitts

The City of Creve Coeur named Susan Baseley as Citizen of the Year for 2013. Volunteering with the city for more than 13 years, Baseley is a member of the horticulture, environment and beautification committee and is the vice-chair of the Climate Action Task Force. With her help, the city created a successful community garden and received Green Power Community Status.

Families explored the wonders of the human body through song, dance and skits at ‘My Bodyworks!’ at the St. Louis Public Library Central branch. The concert, performed by Steven Schoenberg and Maya Sharpe, was preceded by a family fair with magician Jeff Lefton. LUME Institute’s Family Matters, University City Children’s Center, PNC Grow Up Great, Incite St. Louis, United Way and the Children’s Trust Fund hosted the event. Pictured: Steven Schoenberg, Jane Schoenberg, Stephen Zwolak, Maya Sharpe, Tom Hillman and Jennfer Hillman

Third- through sixth-grade students at Rossman School enjoyed a visit from Peter Lerangis, author of the New York Times bestselling series The 39 Clues. Lerangis, who has penned more than 160 books, shared stories about the joys and challenges of being an author, and inspired students to write their own stories.

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