JACK HAYS of Clayton is not only making a name for himself at MICDS—where he’s currently a fourth-grader—he’s also making waves at another school across town. This month, he presented 11 Kindles to students at City Academy during an assembly there. Jack recently created ‘The Kindle Project’ after learning that the Academy’s library had none. He raised some $2,000 through donations and by washing cars and setting up lemonade stands. Read Jack’s blog by visiting thekindleproject.blogspot.com.
Independent film producer and Country Day grad DONALD ROSENFELD was back in town this month promoting his new film, Anton Chekhov’s The Duel. Rumor has it he also may have been scouting locations for an upcoming project. Rosenfeld, the former president of Merchant Ivory Productions (The Remains of the Day, Howards End), also owns Spike Gallery in New York City.
Hats off to Whitfield School senior REYBREN FITCH, who’s been named ‘Outstanding Participant’ in the National Achievement Scholar ship Program. Reybren scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 African American students who took the PSAT in 2009. He’s also president of Whitfield’s Class of 2011.
You don’t have to go very far to find yourself on one of America’s best streets. The American Planning Association has designated Clayton’s WYDOWN BOULEVARD one of its 10 Great Streets for 2010, calling the corridor an “aesthetic and practical masterpiece” where cars, cyclists and walkers coexist. Wydown, with its trademark landscaped median that acts as a ‘linear park,’ links six Clayton neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other A-list avenues include Liberty Street in Franklin, Pa., and 5th Avenue in San Diego, Calif.
Fox Theatricals has promoted to president longtime producer KRISTIN CASKEY. In her new role, Caskey will continue to produce for Fox Theatricals but also will be responsible for booking Broadway shows at the Fox Theatre.
Six St. Louis area teachers will be walking the catwalk this weekend in their own fall fashion show, courtesy of Macy’s and Jones New York. Teachers SUSAN CAMPBELL (Webster Groves), KRISTA BROWN and MIA DEGREEF (St. Louis), KATE JEFFORDS and ROBYN GRAY (Hazelwood), and IZETTA JOHNSON (Clyde C. Miller Career Academy) were given style and fashion makeovers as part of Shop for Education Week in which 10 percent of Jones New York apparel sales at Macy’s will be donated in support of nonprofit educational programs. The fashion show takes place Oct. 23 at Macy’s West County store.
In other fashion news…MISTER GUY in Ladue is hosting a PETER MILLAR trunk show Oct. 23 with a charitable bent. An accompanying silent auction of autographed Cardinals memorabilia will raise funds to benefit the Pujols Family Foundation. A percentage of sales from the trunk show also will be donated to the foundation.
Author and former Newsweek editor JON MEACHAM is headlining the inaugural event for Washington University’s John C. Danforth Center on religion and politics. Meacham is presenting God and Politics: From George Washington to Barack Obama during the Oct. 26 event at Graham Chapel. Meacham’s latest biography on Andrew Jackson, American Lion, was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Actress and author MARLO THOMAS will be at St. Louis County Library Headquarters for a discussion and signing of her book, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. The Oct. 28 event will also feature an on-stage interview conducted by CHARLIE BRENNAN of KMOX.
Happy 70th birthday to MARCIA PASS of Creve Coeur who recently celebrated with girlfriends during a luncheon at Stone Soup Cottage in Cottleville. The birthday girl and her entourage arrived at the historic 1850s farmhouse by bus and dined on a four-course meal prepared by Stone Soup chef CARL MCCONNELL.