From Readers

FROM READERS: Missourian readers share original poetry

From Columbia they came, to the Missourian they went, to the From Readers section these poems were all sent.


TEACHER TALK: Coach encouraged David Shire to be part of 'something bigger than yourself'

David Shire is a teacher at Southern Boone High School. His former basketball coach taught him that life has more meaning when you're a part of something bigger than yourself.

FROM READERS: Disability Rights Legislative Day, ADA Legacy Tour promote inclusion

People with disabilities and advocates gathered at the state capital on March 31 to promote disability rights and inclusion.

TEACHER TALK: PE teacher Hannah Babcock enjoys helping students find their sport

As a high school PE and health teacher and volleyball coach, Hannah Babcock helps students both on and off the court.

FROM READERS: Columbia Handbell Ensemble celebrates 25th anniversary

The group performs a wide variety of music, including Elvis Presley, Disney and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Columbia residents reminisce about their first jobs in town

What was your first job in Columbia and how much did it pay?

FROM READERS: Dream interpretation offers a window into our minds

The School of Metaphysics is offering free dream interpretation by phone this weekend.

FROM READERS: 'Tiger Tough' mantra goes beyond Missouri track and field

Stephen Smith, the field and track program's director of operations, shares how th "Tiger Tough" mentality has influenced him.


TEACHER TALK: Playing school as a child led Gina McLachlan to teaching

High school teacher Gina McLachlan was the kind of child who would cry on the last day of school.

FROM READERS: Rock Bridge Elementary takes a trip to the moon

Students at Rock Bridge Elementary will reach for the stars at their Moon Landing Night on April 23.

Readers share their memories about their favorite teachers when growing up in Columbia

Who was your favorite teacher in Columbia? Where and what did he or she teach?

ArtTalk: Mae Godwin's art helped her find her voice

Godwin doesn't title her work so that viewers can interpret her work in their own way.

FROM READERS: My brother's Down Syndrome doesn't define him

Nicole Schroeder's younger brother, Matthew, has Down Syndrome, but she says he's still just like any other kid.

TEACHER TALK: Kathryn Fishman-Weaver says teaching isn't a profession, but a lifestyle

Kathryn Fishman-Weaver teaches at Rock Bridge High School. Her career in teaching started with a simple advertisement in Oakland, California, looking for teachers.

FROM READERS: Retired school secretary shares decades of memories

Cheryl Brewer worked at Blue Ridge Elementary Schoo for 28 years. It was her first and last job in Columbia.

Columbia residents share what they did on Saturday nights growing up

The Missourian Community Outreach team asks Columbians to share what they did on Saturday nights when they were growing up in Columbia.

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.