Parkwood Elementary School’s annual Panther Paws to Lend a Helping Hand Collection was its largest ever, helping 58 families. Staff signed up to purchase gifts and more than $300 was donated to the program. Staff members also raised $380 by giving $20 to wear jeans for the entire month and second grade teacher Greg Stoltz gave his winnings from the school’s The Biggest Loser competition to the fund.
Three Pattonville School District teachers earned their certification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and a fourth, Tracey Robinson, is among a small group of teachers across the state of Missouri to receive a certification for the third time. Robinson initially received her National Board Certification in 2001 in the area of generalist/middle childhood and renewed in 2010 and 2020.
Bridgeway Elementary School art teacher Mollie Ahlers earned certification in art/early and middle childhood, Remington Traditional School reading specialist Jill Ramig achieved certification in Literacy: reading-language arts/early and middle childhood, and Pattonville Heights Middle School reading specialist Jennifer Robin completed the certification process in Literacy: reading-language arts/early and middle childhood.
The Pattonville Fire Protection District delivered two red sleighs full of toys to be given to Pattonville students in need. The red sleighs (technically an antique fire truck and an ambulance) pulled up to the Pattonville Early Childhood Center and the nine elves (technically firefighters) quickly unloaded the vehicles.
The fire district has been collecting toys for Pattonville students for nine years through its "Breakfast with Santa" event at one of its fire stations. Due to COVID-19, they had to cancel that event and found other ways to solicit donations, and the community rose to the occasion.
Supporting students and their learning is a rewarding, yet challenging job in any school year. In a year marked by a global pandemic and uncertainty, it's even more stressful. Pattonville is fortunate to have an incredible team of staff members both inside and outside the classroom who have our students' academic and social-emotional well-being at the heart of everything they do.
Pattonville High School junior Haley Edmonds and her friends wanted to make the holiday season a little better for families struggling financially. She approached the district with an idea and launched Pattonville Gives.
“Instead of buying gifts for each other, we wanted to be able to donate gifts to kids in need,” Edmonds said. “I thought that if I started something in the school district, it would help more people locally and that I would actually be able to help.”