From Readers

FROM READERS: Why owning a bed and breakfast works for Dawson and Sherri Claridge

"We are proud of where we live, and therefore try to show what's great about Missouri," Sherri Claridge says.

FROM READERS: Douglass students learn through community involvement

Reader Skyler Huff writes about how Frederick Douglass High School students are engaged in their learning rather than just encouraged to graduate, and how it wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.

FROM READERS: Columbia College alumni and friends gathered for holiday social

More than 175 alumni and friends of Columbia College gathered to visit with Santa Claus and donate to The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri.

FROM READERS: Counseling Center staff shares coping tools for stress, mental illness

The MU Counseling Center staff shares often-recommended strategies for coping with stress, including creative arts, martial arts, animals and a healthy lifestyle.

FROM READERS: Stressed? Craft time can offer an escape

Sometimes, engaging a creative part of your brain can help balance a life that feels overwhelming.

FROM READERS: The yin and yang of creativity and mental illness

"I think it is precisely because of this two-cuts-of-the-same-cloth attribute that the act of creating art is so soothing to many of whose heads are a little off-kilter," author Keith Ecker said.

FROM READERS: MU awards honor dedication to disability awareness and advocacy

The Chancellor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities developed the Lee Henson Access Mizzou Awards as a way to recognize others on campus who share Henson’s passion and dedication to disability awareness and advocacy.

FROM READERS: Homecoming Queen candidate raises more than $1,400 for charity

High school student Tristen Shaw writes about why she's working for Alzheimer's research in honor of her grandmother.

FROM READERS: Columbia Independent School students support Heifer International

Students raised enough money to buy two heifers, three sheep, two water buffalo, two goats, three flocks of chickens, two flocks of ducks, a share of a llama and 10,000 honeybees.

FROM READERS: AVID students get an early holiday gift at Columbia Area Career Center

Twenty students in the program will receive computers through the computer recycling program at the Columbia Area Career Center.

FROM READERS: The Elf and Grandma's Noodles

New holiday trends, such as The Elf on the Shelf, come around every few years, but little can match the comfort given by lifelong traditions like family recipes.

FROM READERS: Center for Urban Agriculture gets people involved with food production at its roots

Volunteers with the Center for Urban Agriculture share what the experience has meant for them.

FROM READERS: Directory of nonprofit organizations makes giving easy

The CoMoGives campaign is a publication and accompanying website catalog of local non-profit organizations that accept and are in need of donations.

FROM READERS: Stephens College students foster pets for Second Chance

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.