January 4, 2010
Preschool teacher Clarissa James reads with Aalayah Lemasters as Ja'renzo Hicks plays. The first day for students at the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School consisted mainly of getting used to the new surroundings.
Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School opened its doors to students for the first time on Monday, Jan. 4.
From left, Kyran Shirley, Kierra Pilot and Paige Niles eat in the new cafeteria at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in the new cafeteria. The cafeteria is one of the biggest improvements over the old Field Elementary, where the gym doubled as the lunch room.
Bruce Hillis is the director of Missouri First Inc.
January 3, 2010
New York Jets wide receiver Brad Smith, left, fends off Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall while running for a 57-yard gain during the first quarter of Saturday's game.
New York's Brad Smith, right, scores a touchdown past Cincinnati's Leon Hall as celebrating quarterback Mark Sanchez approaches during the second quarter Sunday's game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Assistant coach Nicole LaHolt directs members and volunteers of Columbia's adapted sports volleyball team on Oct. 1, 2009, in the New Haven Elementary School gym.
Shawna Fitzpatrick plays competitive sports on adaptive teams for people with developmental disabilities. Her favorite sport is volleyball.
Shawna Fitzpatrick serves during practice with Columbia's adapted sports volleyball team on Oct. 1, 2009, in the New Haven Elementary School gym. Like other athletes on the team, Fitzpatrick has special needs; born with a cleft lip and palate, Fitzpatrick also has hydrocephalus, which means an abnormal amount of fluid has accumulated in her brain.
Students at Trailwoods Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo. teleconference with their instructors, who lead them through lessons in Chinese.
In this Dec. 3, 2009 picture, second-grader Felipe Padilla Murillo, foreground, and his Trailwoods Elementary School classmates count in Chinese during a teleconference with their instructor.
January 2, 2010
Missouri's Toy Richbow drives past Duquesne's Vanessa Abel on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri's Jessra Johnson scored 12 points Saturday against Duquesne.
Missouri's Laurence Bowers puts up a shot in an early season victory over Georgia. Bowers has learned to take advantage of his extra long reach on the court for the Tigers.
Missouri's Zaire Taylor, left, and Kim English surround Georgia's Dustin Ware on Saturday in the Tigers' 89-61 victory at Mizzou Arena.
In this Dec. 27, 2009 photo, Sgt. Miguel Perez, 24, waits for his wife Spc. Amanda Reyes, 23, to come home to their Containerized Housing Unit (CHU), 130-square-foot room at Camp Prosperity in Baghdad.
In this photo taken on Dec. 24, 2009, at Camp Prosperity in Baghdad, the word "October" is tattooed in Arabic on the arms of Spc. Amanda Perez, 23, and husband Sgt. Miguel Perez, 24, to commemorate the month they were married.
Municipal Court Clerk Shara Meyer reviews a document with Andrea Wymer on December 30, 2009. "We're working hard to get everything in before the end of the year," Myer said, "But come Monday, it will start all over again."
Andrea Wymer's work sits at the bottom of a pile while she helps a coworker migrate files from one set of folders to another. With the increase in cases at the Columbia Municipal Court, as the only person to enter the data, Wymer has been inundated with casework during the last six months.
January 1, 2010
David Webber is an associate professor of political science at MU. His commentaries appear in the Missourian and in The Missouri Record.