From Readers

FROM READERS: Fourth-graders write about people who overcame adversity

J.W. "Blind" Boone's motto of "merit, not sympathy, wins" is the topic of these students' winning essays in an annual writing contest.

FROM READERS: What a co-op preschool is and why it's worth it

A parent co-operative preschool allows teachers, parents and other families to be involved in the children's learning experiences.

FROM READERS: Bill Smith's family celebrates his 90th birthday

The founder of W.B. Smith feed mill had a birthday party with family and friends, and one of his daughter submitted pictures.

FROM READERS: Military Recognition Day celebrated at Columbia College

Columbia College held its sixth annual Military Recognition Day on May 23.


ENGAGEMENT: Martina Hoyt to marry Jaron Vail

The wedding is planned for July 13 at The Tiger Hotel in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Columbia veterans meet with visiting Tuskegee Airman

Gene Robertson talks about his discussions with Charles McGee, one of the last Tuskegee Airmen featured in the movie "Red Tails".

FROM READERS: National Merit scholarship winners impart high school wisdom

Two Rock Bridge High School seniors were recently awarded National Merit scholarships. We asked these seniors what they've learned during their years in high school and what advice they would give to incoming students.

FROM READERS: Hickman Lacrosse wraps up its season with a banquet

The Hickman varsity lacrosse team finished its season with win-loss record of 4-9. Hickman alumni players are invited to play during the alumni game at 4 p.m. June 2 at the Activity and Recreation Center field.

FROM READERS: Memories of Muriel Battle

Muriel Battle's colleagues from over the years talk about what her legacy meant to them and the Columbia Public Schools.

ArtTalk: Like beer? Like art? Arts & Drafts event is Thursday

Sarah Dresser of the Office of Cultural Affairs tells us about a craft beer tasting and gallery crawl that will take place this week.

FROM READERS: Never-worn wedding dress is a symbol of mother's philosophy

Parents can only do so much, and it's up to their children to grow and make those difficult, life-changing decisions on their own.

FROM READERS: Local youth awarded $1,000 Ford Scholarship

Sarah Darr, a 2013 graduate of Columbia FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Joe Machens Ford Lincoln and Ford Motor Company.

FROM READERS: Civic Leaders Internship Program puts MU students in government settings

Through the Civic Leaders Internship Program, MU students are learning about issues affecting the state of Missouri.

FROM READERS: Mid-Missouri lifer rides his bike for victims of natural disasters

Theo Holtwick will be riding in a 800-mile bike ride between Joplin and New Orleans to raise funds for those displaced by the Joplin tornado and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

FROM READERS: You described your moms as 'fun,' 'quirky' and 'strong'

In honor of Mother's Day, we asked Missourian readers what one word best describes their mother.

TELL US: Do you have advice to share with recent graduates?

With graduation season upon us, the Missourian compiled videos of recent noteworthy commencement speeches.

FROM READERS: Make your own schoolroom hook rack

Christa DeMarke, author of the c. jane create blog, shares how she saved $62.38 by making a schoolroom hook rack from scratch instead of buying one from Anthropologie.

FROM READERS: Columbia College students celebrate achievements in an Ivy Chain

Graduating students at Columbia College participated in a special tradition on Saturday — an Ivy Chain ceremony, which dates back to 1900 and signifies a student's transition into a responsible and educated citizen. 

FROM READERS: Lunch in the Park to begin in June

Megan O'Neill shares information about the Lunch in the Park program, which provides healthy lunches to low-income children during the summer months.

FROM READERS: A poem from a substitute teacher

Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares a poem about students' and teachers' attitudes toward substitute teachers.