To say the least, it’s not the standard phone message. Hello, this is Maya. I am a seventh-grader at De La Salle Middle School, and I am somebody. You’re somebody, too, and your call is very important to us. When phoning De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew’s (DLS), callers immediately experience one of the foundational messages of the program, making it easier to see how this inner-city institution is changing futures, one somebody at a time.
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2013 Charitable Events & Fundraisers
DR. WILLIAM PECK received the Washington University Eliot Society Search Award at the annual dinner of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society? The award recognized Peck’s 36 years of leadership, vision and service to the community. Peck is the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine and the director of the Center for Health Policy at Washington University. Pictured: Chancellor Mark Wrighton presents Peck with the award.
More than $375,000 was raised for North St. Louis� De La Salle Middle School? Money raised at the school�s �Catch a Rising Star� event will help continue its tradition of excellence and allow it to operate as an independent school with its own governance structure and financial resources. Honored at the event as �Guiding Stars� were Christian Brothers College High School, Bob and Maria D�Agrosa Sweney and Paul LaVigne. Pictured: President of De La Salle Middle School Corey Quinn and award recipient Paul Lavigne
It seems that around the holidays, it’s incumbent on writers like me to find people who convey the spirit of the season, someone who reminds us why—as Andy Williams sings—It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I thought about the effervescent Sugar Plum Fairy, she of the St. Charles Main Street Christmas Festival, but we all know the rest of that story. Santa Claus is way too busy—with all of his personal appearances and his tight toy production and distribution deadline. I was starting to give up.
ROBERT MCCULLOCH, DAVID DICK and JAMES HOLLORAN have been elected to the board of directors for the St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled and GARY SIEGEL has been elected as president of the board.
• Saint Louis Cellars Food & Wine opens this weekend after an impressive redesign of the 1912 Maplewood Auto Parts building. Not surprising, the stainless steel cabinets are the eye-catching feature of the open kitchen where chef GREG MAGGI is in command. There are 10 stools along the counter where you can watch him while eating a fresh salad, thin flat bread or hot panini. (Tip: Grilled cheese is awesome with bacon and beefsteak tomatoes.) The refrigerator case displays offerings by the pound that Greg has half cooked, with instructions for finishing at home. Or there’s cafe-style seating inside and on the patio. ‘The Table’ is a dining option that can be reserved Friday or Saturday for a multi-course, wine-paired dinner.
nlike many St. Louisans who forsake St. Louis for coastal climes once they graduate college, Josh Goldman decided to make a difference in his hometown community. After receiving his master’s in education from Peabody College in Nashville and working in elementary school classrooms for several years, he created a literacy program here in St. Louis that has become a positive influence in the lives of disadvantaged children.