Michelle Runyon
Thursday, April 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:24 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Michelle Runyon finds adventure on a daily basis.

Runyon is the site facilitator for the Adventure Club at Rock Bridge Elementary School. The club is operated through MU as part of the College of Education.

The club’s purpose is to enhance the education and experience of the site assistants (students hired by MU to work with children in before and after-school programs) and to provide recreational and hands-on activities for children in a safe environment while strengthening community ties in Columbia.

The children in Adventure Club are constantly working on educational projects with a fun twist, like the paper-mache mummy they made in order to learn about Egyptian culture last week.

“I love the flexibility of the time schedule,” Runyon said. “I work at Rock Bridge before and after school and then I have the entire middle of the day to get the office work I have done and to do things for myself like running errands, going home, relaxing, etc.”

Runyon is responsible for 38 children in the morning and 32 in the afternoon, and also works with six site assistants and one field experience student. She is in charge of planning the daily activities for her site, creating and filling out monthly paperwork and purchasing supplies.

Runyon, 23, grew up in Springfield. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the former Southwest Missouri State University, as well as a teaching certificate for first through sixth grades.

While in Springfield, she met her husband, Kevin Runyon, and they married on May 31, 2003. The two moved to Columbia this past summer because Kevin is attending MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After he finishes school, they will return to his hometown of Marshfield.

The couple has been remodeling their house, a project they enjoy in spite of the hard work involved.

“In my spare time my husband and I like to rent movies and occasionally go out to eat at a nice restaurant,” said Runyon, who enjoys spending time in downtown Columbia. “I love the locally owned restaurants, stores and entertainment in Columbia.”

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