Multigenerational learning thrives at Derby Ridge [Photo]

Kindergarteners at Derby Ridge Elementary enjoy the company of 61-year-old Recil Skinner (left) and MU junior Lauren Morrison (right) during a rousing game of Candyland on Monday. Skinner and Morrison volunteer with a multigenerational program that works with kindergarteners to develop both academic and social skills.

RSVP volunteers play Candyland [Photo]

Cameron Stout, 6, Recil Skinner, 61, and Abby Oreskovich, 5, select Candyland marker pieces at Derby Ridge Elementary on Monday. Skinner belongs to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which coordinates the multigenerational program that pairs a senior citizen with a college student to work with kindergarteners on "pre-academic skills and social skills."

Senior volunteers at Derby Ridge [Photo]

Abby Oreskovich, 5, and Cameron Stout, 6, join 61-year-old Recil Skinner for a trip down the hallway at Derby Ridge Elementary on Monday. Skinner volunteers with a multigenerational program that pairs a senior volunteer with a college-age volunteer, who then work with two kindergarteners at a time to teach them social skills and reinforce classroom lessons such as colors, math and memory work. "We feel that it's a learning experience for everyone," Skinner said.

Joel Kowsky [Photo]

Joel Kowsky is a senior photojournalism major who is working for the Columbia Missourian as a photographer as part of the Staff Photojournalism class.

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Capital City Cookoff [Video]

Barbecue judges from around the state spent a weekend getting certified through classes offered by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Putting their taste buds to work, several dozen judges gathered in Jefferson City on April 16 and 17 to help judge the Capital City Cookoff. This was the 4th year running for the contest and it brought in more than 35 teams from around the country.

Woodcarvers [Photo]

Dennis Scroggins, left, Bob Berger, middle, and Norm Craig practice their woodcarving skills Thursday afternoon at the Senior Center located on Business Loop. They are part of the Mid-Missouri Woodcarvers Association and meet every Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon at the Senior Center.

Helena Gray was forced to leave her son [Photo]

Helena Glay sits in her apartment holding a photograph of her son Marvin on Wednesday. Due to legal and financial reasons, Glay had to leave her son with her aunt in Liberia when she came to the U.S. "It's really painful," she said. "I cried a lot when I had to go." Rock Bridge Christian Church is hosting a charity race Saturday to raise money to reunite Glay and her son.

Four-year-old Marvin Glay is waiting in Liberia [Photo]

Helena Glay holds a picture of her son Marvin on Wednesday. It has been several years since Glay moved from Liberia without her son. She said her fingers are crossed for them being together again before Christmas. "His (great-aunt) now knows him more than me," she said. "When I call, he calls her mom."

Rock Bridge Christian Church is working to reunite Helena Gray and her son, Marvin [Photo]

On Wednesday, Helena Glay looks over clothes that she bought for her son the first time she thought he would come to the U.S. "I was so excited to get him the clothes," she said. "But I don't know if they will fit him anymore because he's four now."

QUIZ: Phil Bradley [Video]

An interactive quiz about Phil Bradley. Information used from, and

Phil Bradley timeline [Graphic]

Following Phil Bradley's athletic endeavors

MU softball's White [Photo]

Junior Shana White stands after sliding into second base as Central Methodist's Kayla Yount looks for the ball during Thursday's game.

MU softball player Shana White vs. Central Methodist [Photo]

MU junior Shana White bats during Thursday's game against Central Methodist University. The Tigers won the game 5-1. 

MU softball's Ortega [Photo]

MU softball's Ashlie Ortega looks up at the ball after batting against Central Methodist University on Thursday.

Phil Bradley works with Missouri softball team [Photo]

Former Missouri football and baseball standout Phil Bradley chats with Missouri softball player Abby Vock at practice April 20. Bradley has been serving as a volunteer assistant coach with the team this season.

MU softball volunteer coach enjoys sharing knowledge [Video]

VIDEO: PHIL BRADLEY TALKS HITTING: Phil Bradley, the volunteer hitting coach for the Missouri softball team, played eight seasons in Major League Baseball. He said it’s important for him to pass on his knowledge.
“I’ve always had an interest in learning about the swing even when I played. And I think God basically gifted me with the ability to teach and to coach and that’s probably one of my biggest passions,” Bradley said.

MU farmers market vendors sell honey-based products [Photo]

William Johnson and Art Gelder sell a variety of honey-based products from their farm, Walk-About Acres, at the MU farmers market Thursday. This is the first of six monthly markets to be held on Lowry Mall this year.

Wellness Resource Center holds first MU farmers market [Slideshow]