CLAYTON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER celebrated its first full year of operation with a summer picnic. Since opening last summer, the preschool has doubled in size to serve 100 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The picnic was held on CECC's campus in Oak Knoll Park, and children celebrated with Kona Ice snow cones, barbecue and more summer fun. Pictured: A CECC student dances in a cloud of bubbles courtesy of Tekno Bubble Bus.

A group of residents from THE GATESWORTH recently participated in the Intergenerational Storytelling Project, sharing their wisdom and experience with students of Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School. The interviews, which were collected for the Nine Network of Public Media's American Graduate initiative, discussed the challenges and solutions to decreasing high school dropout rates. Pictured: Intergenerational Storytelling Project participants.

Some 100 high school students set hand-held gliders into flight while competing in the BOEING ENGINEERING CHALLENGE at Washington University. Participating students from Hazelwood, St. Louis City, Ft. Zumwalt, Rockwood and Triad schools worked with their physics teachers, as well as Boeing engineers and WUSTL Boeing Scholars to create the gliders.

THE MARY CULVER HOME FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED celebrated the grand opening of its new day room, which was made possible by the $50,000 provided by Lighthouse for the Blind Saint Louis. The room will be used for activities and meal service, as well as to meet other day-to-day needs.

ST. LOUIS VARIETY received Variety International’s highest honor, the Gold Heart award, at the 86th annual Variety International World Conference in Las Vegas. The winner was selected from 10 finalists and was based on innovation, financial stability, programs and growth.

City Academy students were treated to tasty, healthy snacks provided by the JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ST. LOUIS through its Kids in the Kitchen program. Pictured: Junior League member Cheryl Bock enjoys a nourishing snack with student DeMiah Jackson.

BREAKDOWN STL partnered with Three French Hens to host a Design Dilemma party. The event took place at the Three French Hens store and featured both decorating demonstrations and answers to design problems. BreakDown STL works to educate teenagers about positive life choices in topics such as sex, alcohol, drugs bullying and self-harm. Pictured: Nancy Ade, Jeannie Hood and Sandie Hea

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