Going barefoot at a one-room schoolhouse

Fifth graders from the Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Columbia sit barefoot during a day of class in the one-room schoolhouse at the Shelter Gardens on Friday. After studying the diary of a Missouri family who traveled to California during the Gold Rush for their history class, the students got to spend a day of school just like their historic counterparts, who usually did not wear shoes in school. The students liked the experience. "We get to going barefoot," Amanda McDowell, 11, answered when asked what she thought was most special about the field trip.

Memorizing words for a spelling bee

From left, Joshua Whittom, 10, and Jesse Nilges, 11, both fifth graders at the Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Columbia, write down words on their slates to memorize them for a spelling bee on Friday. During a day of class at the one-room schoolhouse at Shelter Gardens, the children got to live the the life of students in pioneer times. "It's really cool to spend a day like someone would have ... a hundred or so years ago," Joshua Whittom said about his experience.

Business Incubator

The Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place opened in January. Its role is to boost economic development in mid-Missouri and thereby contribute to the economy of the state of Missouri.

MU baseball's Kyle Mach

Kyle Mach prepares for a pitch against Oklahoma on April 4.

Baseballs at MU's Taylor Stadium

Baseballs sit in a bucket at MU's Taylor Stadium on April 5 before the MU-Oklahoma game.

Xzavie Jackson reflects

Parts of Xzavie Jackson's football career at MU still linger in his life. Jackson still wears Missouri football apparel and carries a backpack given to him as a gift at the Brut Sun Bowl in 2006.

Pursuing an opponent

Charles Gaines, left, and Pig Brown, middle pursue an opponent during a kickoff at an exhibition game against the Gateway Soul.

Mental preparation for Jackson

Xzavie Jackson mentally prepares in the locker room at the St. Charles Family Arena before an early season exhibition game against the Gateway Soul.

Playing a game of spades

Former Missouri football players Pig Brown, left, Darnell Terrell, center, and Xzavie Jackson, right, keep their entertainment simple with a game of spades with their teammate Dixie Wooten, center right, at Terrell's apartment following a Wednesday night practice. The players of the RiverCity Rage are paid $200 a week, plus a $50 bonus when they win.

Watching from the bench

Former Missouri football players Darnell Terrell, center, and Paul Simpson, right, watch from the RiverCity Rage bench as their offense tries for a touchdown in the exhibition game against the Gateway Soul on March 16 at the St. Charles Family Arena.

Prayerful pose before the game

Xzavie Jackson bows his head for the pre-game prayer before an exhibition game.

Giving out autographs

Pig Brown, left, signs a hat for Charles Nelson, 13, right, following the RiverCity Rage's exhibition game against the Gateway Soul on March 16.

Pig Brown waves in appreciation

After being named player of the game, Pig Brown waves to the home crowd in appreciation of their applause.

Brown stretches at practice

Former Missouri safety Pig Brown now plays for the RiverCity Rage arena football team in St. Charles. Brown says he had only recovered to about 80 percent from the injury that ended his senior season at MU when the 2008 NFL draft season began.

Xzavie Jackson fights past an opponent

Xzavie Jackson fights his way past an opponent on the Gateway Soul, another team out of St. Louis. Jackson joined the River City Rage after being cut from Philadelphia Eagles. For Jackson, the Rage is an opportunity to stay in shape and build character.

Dancing to the 'YMCA'

RiverCity Rage fan Devin Lofton, back, dances to "YMCA" by the Village People only a few feet from former Missouri safety Pig Brown, left, on the bench.

Attracting the attention of reporters

Despite being turned down by the NFL, Pig Brown, left, still attracts media attention from local sports reporter Rene Knott of KSDK/Channel 5 in St. Louis.

Darnell Terrell straps up before game

Former MU defensive back Darnell Terrell straps up before an exhibition game. Before joining the Rage, Terrell worked at the Boys and Girls Town of Missouri in Columbia.

Kington hand-stitches a purse

Jolene Kington hand-stitches a purse made from old wool sweaters at her home in Columbia on Thursday. Kington will be selling her crafts this weekend at a Mothers of Preschoolers spring fundraiser on Saturday as well as at Earth Day Festival on Sunday.

Jolene Kington

Jolene Kington crochets organic cotton baby rattles and sells them on and at various Columbia events. She also makes purses and amigurumi dolls.