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FROM READERS: Stephens College students foster pets for Second Chance

Tiawna Johnson, a Stephens College sophomore, snuggles up with her foster cat, CP. There are 20 scholarships available to students at Stephens College in exchange for fostering animals from Second Chance, a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia.

Students at Stephens College are able to foster cats and dogs through Second Chance, a partnership that is beneficial for both students and animals.

FROM READERS: Ferguson protesters more justified than one might think

The police are not blameless, and the protesters shouldn't shoulder all the blame. There are individuals on both sides making positive contributions and perpetuating the problem.

FROM READERS: Kids with autism get special photo op with Santa

Children with autism spectrum disorders have, to varying degrees, difficulty with social and communication skills and display restrictive and repetitive behaviors. Often, their symptoms are influenced by even minor disruptions to their sensory environments.

FROM READERS: My son the pianist

Henry Huang, an eighth-grader at Gentry Middle School, has earned a spot in the division finals of the Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition.

FROM READERS: Holiday crafts from Columbia students

We're collecting photos of crafts students in Columbia schools are making for the holiday season.

FROM READERS: John Hall explores neighborhood holiday decorations

Hall took these photos Tuesday night in Southwest Columbia.

FROM READERS: From newborns to seniors, Mid-Missouri Assistance League supports community

The group raises funds through its Upscale Resale shop and other programs to benefit children, families and seniors in Columbia and surrounding areas.

FROM READERS: MU's Cast Gallery provides students with a link to the past

An associate teaching professor of art explains the benefit of connecting with plaster casts from original artwork.

MU fans hit the road for Atlanta championship

Packing themselves into planes and cars, Tiger football fans traveled through the rain today to reach Atlanta in time for Saturday's SEC championship game — and chronicled their journeys on social media. To share your own championship experience with the Missourian, use the hashtag #MIZ2ATL.

FROM READERS: How to run a metal band

Musician Scott Eames talks about what goes into being the lead creative force behind a metal band.

#MIZ2ATL: Scenes from Missouri fans' SEC Championship experiences

The Columbia Missourian invited fans to share their road trips and experiences ahead of Saturday's game.

FROM READERS: MU's Peace Corps Prep Program prepares students for careers in international service

The Peace Corps Prep Program not only provides students the opportunity to build a professional service profile, but it also gives them a chance to study abroad.

FROM READERS: 'Twas the night before rollcarts

A potential City of Columbia roll cart system proposal has inspired this Christmas-themed "spoof" poem.

 

FROM READERS: The joy of finding beloved treasures at an estate sale

In this essay, reader Nancy Rogers writes about celebrating memories of a loved one through cherished possessions.

FROM READERS: Evangelist Aquilla U. Butler is thankful for God's divine favor

Founder of church says "Divine Favor" means “the greatest blessing,” and as she prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, she is praising, celebrating and thanking "my God for the greatest blessing."

FROM READERS: A reader shares his thoughts on Thanksgiving as a Native American

Shane Watson shares his views on Thanksgiving after discovering his Choctaw heritage while he was in high school.

FROM READERS: Thanksgiving service will focus on fellowship and gratitude

Members of this community who would like to take a moment to join in fellowship and briefly share gratitude are invited to a one-hour Thanksgiving Service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 800 W. Broadway in Columbia.

FROM READERS: A volunteer with Operation Christmas Child shares the deeper meaning of a shoebox

Some kids around the world find more than footwear inside gifted showboxes.

FROM READERS: College students make impact with Relay For Life

American Cancer Society staff member Emily Beydler helps coordinate the University of Missouri's Relay For Life. This year's relay is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 24 on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. Young people really are making a difference with this event, she said.

FROM READERS: Strength and conditioning coach leaves legacy at MU

Athletes and coworkers write about their respect for Akeem Robinson, a former graduate assistant with Missouri's football and cross country teams, who is now at New Mexico State University.

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