PHOTO GALLERY: Students at Stephens College Children's School decorate gingerbread cookies and houses

Classes at Stephens College Children's School decorated gingerbread men cookies and houses Thursday. The idea was inspired by Natalie James, a fifth-grader at the school, who wrote a persuasive letter and created a petition to have class time to make gingerbread men.

PHOTO GALLERY: Title 1 classrooms foster independence, cooperation

Helping children interact and develop appropriate social skills is all part of the method used in Title I preschool classes. Students are rewarded for following directions, and they are taught to negotiate interactions as part of improving their social skills.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lee Elementary first-graders perform at Memorial Union

Lee Elementary first-graders performed their Christmas concert outside Memorial Union on Wednesday before visiting the State Historical Society in Ellis Library. The students had created ornaments for a Christmas tree there.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers work on defense

Missouri Tigers worked on defensive plays during practice on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Live Nativity in Clark brings Christmas story to life

When Sharon Marohl began assembling animals for the second live Nativity at her farm in Clark, she was short a small, gentle cow. An ad on led her to Mercury, a miniature jersey cow, on loan from SouthHouse Farms in northeast Missouri. The live Nativity will be performed Saturday and Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: MIssouri women win 82-70

Missouri women's basketball team beat out Belmont University Bruins 82-70 on Monday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU beats Western Michigan 66-60

Missouri beat Western Michigan 66-60 Sunday night to remain undefeated for the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mourners gather for Nelson Mandela's funeral

People gathered in Qunu, South Africa on Sunday for the traditional tribal burial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cat show draws participants from all over Midwest

The Tiger's Lair Feline Fanciers "Catch the Spirit" CFA Cat Show on Saturday at Columbia's Plaza Event Center brought in cats and owners from all over the Midwest.

PHOTO GALLERY: Newtown victims honored on anniversary of massacre

Memorial services are held Saturday in Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama observes a moment of silence in honor of the 26 people who were killed a year earlier in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow falls on Columbia on Saturday

Columbia was covered in a layer of snow Saturday morning, and MU Campus Facilities crews were out early to make sure roads and sidewalks were cleared for the thousands of guests expected for December commencement ceremonies.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU hosts graduation ceremonies

Thousands of students received degrees from MU this weekend, including from the Sinclair School of Nursing, the Missouri School of Journalism, the School of Health Professions and the School of Natural Resources.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball sees strong start to season

The Missouri women's basketball team is off to a hot start. It's posted a 9-1 record to begin the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: 'Santa' Cliff Snider trained at the Santa School

"Santa" Cliff Snider has been attending the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich., since 1996 to learn the art of being Santa. He wants to give children the most authentic Santa experience possible.

PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial service for Nelson Mandela draws citizens, world leaders and celebrities

World leaders, celebrities and citizens gathered at a memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Raitt family runs the Timbew View tree farm in Hartsburg

The Raitt family began selling trees on a Hartsburg farm in 1972.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball defeats Bradley 126-55

The Missouri women's basketball team broke the school record for most points scored in a 126-55 win over Bradley on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia environmental researchers revamp chemical and metal sampling

The Columbia Environmental Research Center has helped create some of the most cutting-edge tools in their field for analyzing pollutants in some of the most severe and inaccessible locations on earth. Data these researchers have collected could change the way the world sets water and air quality standards.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball's first loss happens against Purdue

The Missouri volleyball team lost its first match Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Purdue won 3-1.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball plays against UCLA

Missouri men's basketball game against UCLA took place on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. MU defeated UCLA 80-71.