PHOTO GALLERY: Elementary students have first day of summer school

Elementary school students were back in class Monday for the first day of summer school.

PHOTO GALLERY: The week in photos

Images from the Memorial Day parade, the fire at the Brookside on College apartments, Shred Fest and the Art in Park festival were some of the best photos by Missourian staff in the past week.

PHOTO GALLERY: Portraits of artists and their work at Art in the Park

More than 100 artists showed their work at the 54th annual Art in the Park festival Saturday and Sunday at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. This gallery includes portraits of five of the artists and their work.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shred Fest at Columbia Skate Park

Columbia skateboard enthusiasts took to Cosmopolitan Park to participate in Shred Fest. The free event, which went from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, was aimed at encouraging safe and healthy choices.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children choose art pieces at Art in the Park

Children picked out art pieces Saturday at the Young Collectors Tent at Art in the Park in Stephens Lake Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Festival-goers enjoy Art in the Park

Art fans and more than 100 artists participated Saturday in the 54th annual Art in the Park event at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Participants set up for Art in the Park

On Friday, participants prepared for the Art in the Park festival at Stephens Lake Park. The festival, which will feature a variety of events including art galleries, live music, magic shows and food, is aimed at encouraging the arts in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Spring into Action 2012

Boone County National Bank presented the 11th Annual Voluntary Action Center’s Spring Into Action, which was held on May 22 at the University Club.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Olympics volunteers bring leadership to the games

Volunteers, whether new or returning veterans, are a vital part of the Special Olympics State Summer Games. For both volunteers and athletes, taking part in the games is a gratifying experience

PHOTO GALLERY: Six compete in 2012 Battle of the Bakers

On Saturday, May 19, six bakers competed in the 2012 Battle of the Bakers to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mike Bonham balances roles as pastor, chaplain and campaigner with faith

Maries County Chaplain Mike Bonham is running for Osage County Sheriff. The way Bonham sees it, ministers are in the world to make a difference, and he said that being sheriff would be a way to use his God-given potential to take on societal problems.

PHOTO GALLERY: Brokamp family wins the Family of the Year Award at 2012 Special Olympics State Summer Games

Ken and Linda Brokamp celebrate the victory of their daughter, Beth, and her team for bowling at the 2012 Special Olympics State Summer Games at AMF Town & Country Lanes on Wednesday. Beth and her parents, Ken and Linda Brokamp, won the Family of the Year Award at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Special Olympics State Summer Games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Yo-yo contest draws competitors, fans

This was the inaugural year for Mid-Mo Yo Yo Expo, a yo-yo contest, designed to bring together players from Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and surrounding areas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Graham family manages physical and mental disabilities

Brothers Chuck Graham and Drew Graham were both injured in car accidents, and Drew Graham is treated for bipolar disorder, a mental illness his father also struggled with.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia celebrates Memorial Day with Veterans Barbecue

Columbia residents celebrate Memorial Day Monday afternoon at the Veterans Barbecue. The event was originally slated to take place at Saint Luke Church but was moved to a volunteer's house.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rubble from fire at Brookside on College apartments

Only part of the Brookside on College apartments remains standing Monday after a fire the day before at College Avenue and Walnut Street in downtown Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Parade draws crowd in downtown Columbia

A morning parade in downtown Columbia kicked off the day's Memorial Day observances.

PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial Day observed across U.S.

Americans observed Memorial Day with ceremonies at the Arlington National Cemetery, parades and by placing flags at the grave markers of veterans.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball team wins game two of Columbia super regional

The Missouri softball team played LSU on Sunday in game two of the Columbia super regional. The game remained tied at 1-1 until Missouri scored four runs in the 12th inning and moved on to game three. Later, Missouri ended its season with a loss in game three.

PHOTO GALLERY: Portraits from Columbia's Salute to Veterans air show

Pilots of all ages made the trip to the Columbia Regional Airport for the Salute to Veterans air show Sunday.