Anyone can talk about making a difference in teens’ lives, but at Wyman Center it’s the numbers that do the talking. Take, for example, Brittany Woods Middle School in University City, where Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program is being offered to all seventh grade students. At the end of the first semester this year, school principal Jamie Jordan looked at the students’ comportment data, explains Wyman president/CEO Dave Hilliard. “Among the 200 sixth-graders, she had 40 referrals to the office for disruptive behavior,” he says. Among the seventh-graders, who had gone through half of the Wyman program, there were half as many referrals. “Among the eighth-graders, who had gone through the entire program, she had only four referrals to the office in the entire semester. There was a 95-percent difference among kids who had the program and learned how to use skills to be successful and avoid conflict.”
In commemoration of its 90th anniversary, the APA has commissioned renowned local sculptor Harry Weber to create a ‘litter’ for its community art project.
TAYLOR ROBINSON, a senior at Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, is one of 814 high school athletes nationwide who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. The 2013 nominees include high school basketball players from across the country who have been selected by coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Pictured: Taylor Robinson with Colleen Schoendienst, local McDonald's owner/operator
Ambassador Nancy Brinker was named Person of the Year at the George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University. Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization and a former U.S. Ambassador. Pictured: Walker School of Business dean Benjamin Akande, Webster president Elizabeth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Webster provost and senior VP Julian Schuster.
Local nonprofits are giving underserved St. Louis students a leg up on the college competition.
Hello again…Look for Imagination Toys in Ladue to reopen early next month with new owner POLLY LETT. The Creve Coeur resident recently acquired the Ladue Market Place fixture from retiring owners MARGE and DAVID VERSPRILLE, who ran the toy shop for more than 26 years. Lett is in the process of updating the store and plans a grand reopening in early March.
When…St. Louis’ newest charter elementary school, Carondelet Leadership Academy, opened Aug. 23? The school, located at 7604 Michigan Ave. in the historic Carondelet neighborhood, has a total enrollment of 225 students, kindergarten through fifth grade.
Jack Buck Classic to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Norwood Hills, 733-1241.
LAAW Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Legal Advocates for Abused Women, Forest Park, 535-0814.
Auxiliary of Epworth Spring Luncheon to benefit Epworth Children & Family Services, Epworth Gymnasium, 918-3382.
Wine Tasting Fund-raiser to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ladies of Lucerne, 636-227-7300.
Normandie St. Patrick's Day scramble, 862-4884.