Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger cut the ribbon at the debut of Clayton Early Childhood Center’s new classroom and indoor play space. Board president Cason Coplin, board secretary Natalie Cox and executive director Gina Siebe also joined the ceremony. The Center’s capital campaign project, recent trivia nights and private donors funded the project. Pictured: Gine Siebe, Natalie Cox, Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, Cason Coplin

First-time authors June Herman and Julie Dubray, and illustrator Karen Heyse published their new children’s book, Goodnight St. Louis. The book debuted at No. 6 on Publisher’s Weekly’s Children’s/Young Adult Literature list, and sold more than 3,000 copies in the first month. The book is available at more than 50 retail locations throughout the area. Pictured: back row: Sheila Michalski, Karen Heyse, Geeta Swaminathan. In front: Julie Dubray, June Herman

The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Chesterfield Day School wrote thank-you letters to local firefighters to commemorate Sept. 11. Students decorated the letters, which were sent to firefighters at the Monarch Fire Protection, and thanked the first responders for their heroism and patriotism.

Rain didn’t stop the more than 500 residents, employees and family members who celebrated Community Appreciation Day at Friendship Village Sunset Hills (FVSH) with bouncy castles, rides, face painting, Italian ice, face painting and more. Community Appreciation Day is FVSH’s substitute for National Grandparent’s Day. Pictured: Zack, 5, laughs while watching his father, Rudy Bentrup, get his face painted.

Urban Harvest STL volunteers and Whole Foods Market Galleria team members joined together to prepare the UHSTL downtown community garden for fall. The gardeners weeded, mulched and harvested several pounds of tomatoes to be donated to St. Patrick Center’s McMurphy’s Grill, and enjoyed a free organic salad lunch in honor of the Whole Kids Foundation. Pictured: Students from the Ladue School District volunteer at the garden.

As part of September’s National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness stormed Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis to “Turn it Teal.” After dyeing the Kiener Plaza fountain teal, volunteers distributed information about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) honored several local law firms, lawyers, volunteers and advocates at the 2013 For the Common Good Annual Awards Reception. Recipients were honored for supporting LSEM’s mission of providing civil legal services and equal access to justice for the low-income community. Pictured: Award recipients

Ursuline Academy senior Adriana Esparza was named a 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The honor recognizes Esparza’s high PSAT score and grade point average. This College Board program recognizes only the top 2 percent of Hispanic students who take the PSAT. Pictured: Adriana Esparza and Ursuline principal Mark Michalski.

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