From Readers

FROM READERS: Local Facebook group offers a place to share, reconnect

The "You Know You're From Columbia, Mo. When..." Facebook group started out small. Now it has more than 6,500 members and even more memories.

TEACHER TALK: Family and good teachers inspired Joe Henke to teach

Henke's favorite teacher taught world history and had great stories to share.

FROM READERS: My mother, the muse

Melania Rogers instilled a love of poetry in her daughter, Nancy, from a young age. The two women attended Favorite Poem Night together at Columbia College on April 7.

FROM READERS: Jefferson City couple fosters pregnant dog for Central Missouri Humane Society

Steve DeVries and his wife fostered Olivia, a pregnant Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, through the Central Missouri Humane Society. Olivia gave birth to five puppies.

TEACHER TALK: Maegan Arthur balances passion to teach and state demands

Maegan Arthur believes that connections with students are the greatest reward of her job as a special education teacher.

FROM READERS: Removing the stigma of bipolar disorder

Nancy Lacy Kixmiller recently lost her ex-husband, Kyle. He fought a long battle with bipolar disorder and alcoholism. She shares why she thinks negative attitudes aimed toward mental illness need to stop.

FROM READERS: Columbia Kiwanis Clubs participate in Kiwanis One Day

Members of the five Kiwanis clubs in Columbia gathered to volunteer throughout the community on April 11.

Columbia celebrates National Siblings Day

Columbia residents praised their brothers and sisters — biological or not — Friday on social media.

FROM READERS: What if MU hosted a social entrepreneurship conference?

MU graduate student Smita Aggarwal shares her experience with the "What If...?" conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Cornell Hall.

TEACHER TALK: Allison Duncan says teaching kindergarten isn't just coloring and singing

Even though Duncan sings off-key jingles several times a day, she says her students still work hard.

FROM READERS: I am the Kewpie

"A Hickman student," as he chooses to be identified, explains what it's like to be in the Kewpies mascot costume.

TEACHER TALK: Jill Campbell says it's not easy entertaining teens all day

High school teacher Jill Campbell set out to show that you can be a nice teacher and still have students respect you.

FROM READERS: MU student shares how she overcame her fear of singing in public

Performing at "Mizzou Idol" and "The Vagina Monologues" benefit show allowed MU senior Megan Kelly to overcome her fear of singing in public.

FROM READERS: The tale of Dot the rabbit

Just in time for spring, Nancy Rogers writes a poem about her rabbit Dot.

TEACHER TALK: Punk rock influenced Greg Soden to teach

Greg Soden, a teacher at Muriel Williams Battle High School, tries to keep an open mind and constantly learn new things in order to effectively teach his students.

FROM READERS: Student reflects on volunteering in the Dominican Republic

MU student Meghan Ross opened her eyes to the culture, the scenery and the people of Monte Cristi when she volunteered in the Dominican Republic.

FROM READERS: Loof Lirpa, the star Missouri football recruit that never was

In 1991, the Missourian sports department wrote about a fictional football player that would save the Missouri football team. It was all an April Fool's Day hoax.

FROM READERS: MS&T summer camps teach kids science

Summer camps hosted by Missouri University Science and Technology begin in late May. Camp themes include aerospace, cybernetics, explosives, ecology, electric vehicles, micro-satellites, material science and robotics.

FROM READERS: Battle High School football coach talks about his journey to the state title

Justin Conyers, a Columbia native, fulfilled his dream by coaching Battle High School's football team to a state title.

FROM READERS: Student artist creates a meaningful story through screen-printing

MU student and artist India Simpson shares the story of one of her screen-printing projects that was on display at the Women in the Arts Gallery Show sponsored by the MSA/GPC Craft Studio on March 12.