From Readers

FROM READERS: One-room schoolhouse taught kids to be self-directed

This is one reader's description of what school was like when she was young. Share your memories here.

TELL US: How has school changed since you were young?

No matter how long it's been since you were in school, we're wondering if you find yourself shaking your head at the experiences school kids have these days and how those experiences differ from your own.

FROM READERS: Mid-Missouri Lady Deuces seeking seventh-grade girls for competitive basketball team

An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center.

FROM READERS: Joe Dillard's retirement tree, 'a gift that keeps on giving'

When Joe Dillard retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1998, he set up a scholarship and planted a retirement tree. He tells the story of both.

FROM READERS: More than 1,000 students participated in 'Kids on Track' program

On Thursday, students participating in Boone Hospital Center's Kids on Track program completed the last 1.2 miles of a marathon they'd been working to complete this summer.

FROM READERS: Gorgeous views continue as solo kayaker makes her way on the Missouri River

Janet Moreland is attempting to become the first woman to complete a solo kayak trip down the entire length of the Missouri River. She gave the Missourian permission to share some of her photos from the trip.

FROM READERS: Downtown walker offers ode to coffee aromas

Frequent From Readers contributor Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares a poem titled "A Daywalker."

FROM READERS: A wild mushroom discovery

Frequent From Readers contributor Joe Dillard finds and identifies a species of mushrooms in his yard known as Thiers Amanita.

FROM READERS: Columbia veteran shares story of Korean War combat injuries

Bill Stroud, 80, hopes his story can show government that combat should end quickly, once that course is chosen.

FROM READERS: Caring for a flock of more than 30 finches

After a chance connection at a zoo six years ago, reader Katie Goens became passionate about raising and tending Gouldian finches.

FROM READERS: Area high school student reflects on mission trip in Nicaragua

Hickman High School student Luke Troyer shares his experiences from a recent mission trip to Nicaragua.

DEAR READER: Join the Missourian's Readers Board and help us learn more about each other

The board meets monthly to talk about what's most important to the community and how the Missourian should best reflect that. Apply to be a part of it here.

FROM READERS: How to dispose of old electronics

Ben Owens, a marketing intern for Socket Telecom, shares tips for how to properly dispense of old electronics.

Attendees anticipate Obama's visit to the University of Central Missouri

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Wednesday afternoon and those in attendance are tweeting updates about it.

FROM READERS: After house fire, woman gives thanks to neighbors, first responders

Mary Jo Roberts thanks Columbia firefighters, paramedics and neighbors who responded to a house fire at her home on July 14.

FROM READERS: Fayette Area Community Theatre to present 'Company'

Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘Company’ will be presented by the Fayette Area Community Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

FROM READERS: MU's Bradford Farm hosting Organic Agriculture Field Day

Bradford Farm will host Organic Agriculture Field Day from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 1. The event is free and open to the public.

FROM READERS: A veteran's perspective on Central Missouri Honor Flight

Mary Paulsell, the president of Central Missouri Honor Flight, shares the perspective of a veteran participating in the program.

FROM READERS: Pet hydration during the summer months

Jessica Schlosser, the co-owner of Lizzi & Rocco's Natural Pet Market, shares tips on how to keep your pets hydrated and happy this summer season.

ArtTalk: Sharing the fun of MU Summer Repertory Theatre

Reader Matt Ingram writes about participating in Summer Repertory Theatre at MU, which this year includes "Anything Goes" and "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure."