Community members celebrated the 2013 Hannukkah Celebration at Schnucks Ladue Crossing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, with Hannukah music performed by the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy choir, storytelling and free gifts for children. Claudette Kirk, The DESCO Group property manager, also presented a check to Epstein headmaster Rabbi Avi Greene.

More than 600 Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School students formed a ‘Turkey Train’ during the school’s Thanksgiving assembly. From one end of the school to the other, students passed turkeys to waiting St. Louis Area Foodbank trucks. This year’s collection raised more than 8,100 pounds of frozen turkey and 2,200 pounds of non-perishable food items, translating to more than 8,400 meals.

Vernare Learning hosted its launch party at the St. Louis Galleria Microsoft store. The nonprofit organization will launch a network of public charter schools focused on sustainability, with a mission to support healthy kids, families and communities. It will also partner with Parents as Teachers to sponsor Parent University, dedicated to providing parenting skills to new and young parents. Pictured: Maxine Clark, Suzie Nall and Steve Zwolak

Physicians from the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society and community volunteers joined forces at John Burroughs School to package meals for the hungry as part of St. Louis World Food Day. Volunteers packaged almost 250,000 rice and soy protein meals for delivery to hungry children and families around the world.

Students at Reed Elementary School learned how to prevent kitchen fires during a visit from the Ladue Fire Department. The firefighters brought a safety trailer, two fire trucks, an ambulance and a tabletop demonstration to teach the children how to make their kitchens and homes safe.

Kirkwood High School celebrated Gary Conner, class of 1983, and current senior Eric McWoods as two of the best soccer players in the school’s history. Conner was named First Team All-State in 1982, and remained the only soccer player at Kirkwood to do so until McWoods received the title last year. McWoods has broken three of Conner’s records this year, and also has made a verbal commitment to play at the Division 1 level at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Almost 400 friends, family and youth supporters of the Maritime community celebrated the 238th birthday of the United States Navy at the St. Louis Navy League Ball, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Cadets from several local Junior ROTC programs and members of the United States Transportation Command, Navy Element also attended the event.

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