The Kirkwood School District and Kirkwood School District Foundation dedicated the new Alvin Miller Track, named in honor of Alvin Miller, a 1983 KHS graduate regarded as the best athlete in the school’s history. He earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in football and two in track and field. He captured four individual track and field state championships in 1983 and still holds the three school track and field records. Pictured: Julie Beattie, Romona Miller, Alvin Miller, Lauryn Miller, Ariel Miller and Kevin Beattie.

Marilyn Woodard’s third grade classroom at North Glendale Elementary collected 2,500 dimes to give to former Kirkwood police officer and Safety Director for Kirkwood Schools Mike Bales. The gift was a result of Woodard’s challenge to her students to collect 1,000 things. When they reached 1,000, they decided to keep going. By the end of the fundraising they collected more than 2,500 dimes! Bales is suffering from a long-term illness resulting from brain injury and the money will be put toward his ongoing-health expenses. Pictured: Mike Bales with North Glendale third-graders

Alumni, current students, current and former faculty and staff, and friends celebrated St. Louis Community College’s 50th anniversary at the STLCC Homecoming Day event at Busch Stadium. The STLCC-Meramec choir, under the direction of Jerry Myers, sung the new STLCC Anthem prior to the game; former baseball and softball All-Americans and Hall of Fame inductees were recognized; and STLCC Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey threw out a ceremonial first pitch. Pictured: STLCC Chancellor Myrtle E.B. Dorsey and Fredbird

Students, family and friends from John Burroughs and other local high schools raised $3,000 through the fifth annual Saint Louis Crisis Nursery 2012 5K Fun Run and Walk. More than 200 runners and walkers participated. Pictured: Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller with Jeff, Jake and Julie Simpher of Sunset Hills. Jake Simpher is the founder of the Fun Run.

The YMCA honored Lyle Gilbertson with the J. Clinton Hawkins Award and Caroline Mitchell, Director of Y Community Literacy, with the Dick Stoll Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the 41st annual Lamplighter Dinner. Gary Schlansker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, presented the awards. Pictured: Caroline Mitchell, Lyle Gilbertson and Gary Schlansker

The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer held its 42nd annual luncheon and donated more than $365,000 to 24 cancer charities. The group, which raises money for research, prevention and care for cancer patients and their families, has raised more than $3 million for cancer research to date. Pictured: Frank Cognata (right) representing Ronald McDonald House and accepting a check from emcee Guy Phillips.

The Chesterfield Day School sixth grade presented a check for $3,215 to support Operation Homefront. Students raised the funds through the year by conducting bake sales and other activities, including staging a production of Mulan Jr. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of U.S. service members and wounded warriors. Pictured: Chesterfield Day School students

Great Circle hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception and presented volunteers with Circle of Caring Awards. This year’s recipients include The Mission Continues, Dee Joyner, Cindy Munich, Jeff Randolph and Jim Wuertenberg, all of whom gave of their time and talent to help children is the organization’s various treatment programs. Great Circle provides treatment, education, prevention and support services to children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Pictured: The Mission Continues volunteers help beautify the Edgewood campus of Great Circle in Webster Groves.

Rossman School presented awards for special achievements to three graduating sixth graders. Hunter Sigmund earned the Pauline Marshall Award for Scholarship, for having the highest grade point average. Hunter is the son of Jeff and Lisa Sigmund. Berkeley Bearden received the Mary B. Rossman Award for Citizenship presented to a sixth grader who displayed outstanding citizenship. Berkeley is the daughter of Tom and Pam Bearden. August Ball received the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Specialty Subject for his accomplishments in Social Studies. August is the son of Hal and Holly Ball. Pictured: Hunter Sigmund, Berkeley Bearden and August Ball.

United Way of Greater St. Louis' Women's Leadership Society held its kickoff at Wells Fargo Advisors. This year’s theme is Purses with a Purpose, and handbag designers 1154 LILL, Carrie Ella and fashion designer Emily Brady Koplar with her Wai Ming collection were all on hand. More than $225,937 has been raised so far for United Way from the Women’s Leadership Society for 2012. Pictured: Meg Shuff, Egan Inc., and (r) Rachel Seward, Wells Fargo Advisors, co-chaired the Purses with a Purpose event for United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Women’s Leadership Society. In the middle are Cassandra Sanford and Kelly Mitchell, this year’s Women’s Leadership Society chair for United Way.

When a Budweiser Clydesdale stopped by Parties in the Park in Clayton recently to charm the near-record crowd for Clayton’s monthly seen-and-be-seen social event? Pictured: a Budweiser Clydesdale


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