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Innovation Celebration

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"The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child" -Thomas Edison.



The gala may be over, but today, the first day of school, is a great time to say thank you to the
Ladue Education Foundation (LEF) for everythng it does to support our teachers, students and district.

"This is so perfect, Michele!! It will be just the right thing to draw the interest of the guests and does an awesome job of showcasing students, the LEF, and innovation!! Thank you for another amazing job. So grateful for your work
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-Jocelyn, Committee Member


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Happy New Year 2018

blogEntryTopperThank you to all the volunteers, families and supporters of Flashes of Hope for being the light that brightens the lives and gives hope to thousands of children with cancer. I appreciate your generosity this holiday season and all year long, and wish you a year filled with hope, joy and love.

Founded in 2001 by the parents of a child with cancer, we are a volunteer driven organization solely focused on children's cancer. With chapters in 55 cities, we photograph more than 50% of the children annually diagnosed in the United States.

Flashes of Hope is changing the way kids with cancer see themselves. You can change the life of a child with cancer by
donating now.

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Honoring Phil Brusca

blogEntryTopperThe Ladue Education Foundation honored 90 year old former Ladue track coach and U.S Track and Field Masters Hall of Famer at their 2017 community breakfast.

This year, he has already competed in four Masters events, placing first in several categories and modestly stated: “Being 90 means there is very little competition." A beloved teacher, mentor a friend, this nonagenarian who looks decades younger has a lot to be proud of.



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The Wizard of PersOz

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Except for hamentashen, there is nothing more beloved about Purim than the Purim Speil. Spell is a Yiddish word meaning game, or play, and the Purim Speil is a humorous retelling of the Book of Esther. There are many, many ways to retell the saving of the Israelite people from Haman (BOOO!!), but what makes a speil a spell is the mixing of the Purim story with another story. Welcome to Congregation Temple Israel's The Wizard of PersOz - where the yellow brick road leads not only to the Emerald City, but a happy ending for Esther, Mordechai and all the Jews.



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Dancing with Louie

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Every Flashes of Hope shoot has moments of joy, but when St. Louis Blues mascot Louie joins the party, the fun never stops. Watch and learn as Louie show us how to bust a move.

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Womens March

blogEntryTopperOn Saturday, January 21, women (and men, and children) across the globe gathered to march for the causes and issues they believed in. More than 10,000 people gathered in St. Louis and I was among them. I photographed hundreds of signs. Some funny, some filthy, and many in between, but each one sent a heartfelt message to the world.

Wether you carried a sign or not, the march organizers are encouraging you send a postcard to your representatives. Write to them and tell them your hopes, your fears and why you will continue to make sure your voice is heard. You can get the official card, make your own, or use one of the ones I designed.


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Flashes Of Hope - Wigs For Kids

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I am grateful and honored to serve as the St. Louis Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope. Founded in 2001 by the parents of a child with cancer, Flashes of Hope is a volunteer driven organization solely focused on children's cancer. With chapters in 55 cities, we photograph more than 50% of the children annually diagnosed in the United States.

In 2009, we began funding research and have already raised millions of dollars through our Kick-It program and other initiatives.

Inspired by the families I met at our photo shoots, I grew my hair for Wigs For Kids. It took 14 months to grow the 12 inches necessary, and I gladly chopped it all off last month.

Flashes of Hope is changing the way kids with cancer see themselves. You can change the life of a child with cancer. Donate now at
flashesofhope.org

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Pay It Forward

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The Ladue Education Foundation consists of parents and neighbors, alumni and teachers, community and business leaders who support the exceptional programs that provide extraordinary opportunities for Ladue students. With mentoring partnerships and over 100 grants to date, the LEF has impacted every school in the district and every field of education, from art and language to science and mathematics.

This video highlights faculty and staff throughout the district who participate in Pay It Forward. Their gifts help strengthen and maintain the district and allow the LEF to continue to provide grants and innovative experiences to students.

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Flashes of Hope STL

Flashes of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. We turn the hospital into a full service photo studio, bringing lights, backdrops, make-up artists and a much needed change of pace for the families. As volunteer chapter director for Flashes of Hope - St. Louis I am truly honored to have had a small part in photographing over 1,200 children since the chapter was founded in 2010.




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Ladue Education Foundation - Rhythm and Hues

As an alumna of the Ladue School District music program, I was delighted to contribute to Rhythm and Hues, an evening of music benefiting the districts' music program. Hosted by The Ladue Education Foundation, retired music teachers Sandy Baldwin, Lois Percival, Jo Anne Smiley and Jim Waechter were honored as lifetime achievers who were instrumental to the development and growth of the district's music program.

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St. Louis Public Radio Audio Quiz

I wanted to create a video using audio files, and there is no better place for source material than my favorite local public radio station. Are you a super fan? Listen to 22 St. Louis Public Radio voices in under 3 minutes and see how many you can identify.



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MetroQuest 2014 Promotion

One of my favorite events ever, MetroQuest! I created this video to help the The Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio promote the third annual MetroQuest.


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MetroQuest 2013

On September 21, the Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio hosted their second annual MetroQuest. The combined scavenger hunt, pub crawl and trivia contest sent participants on a quest throughout downtown St. Louis to answer trivia questions, complete photo challenges and discover all the things that make St. Louis great. For more information about the Young Friends, visit http://www.stlpublicradio.org/support or http://www.facebook.com/stlpryf

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Spoede School Soiree

Each year, the Spoede School Association raises money to fund various school and classroom activities. Anyone familiar with education knows there is a continuous need for more funding at all levels. The SSA uses the money raised for teacher grants, assemblies, class field trips and all school family events. This production was shown at Spoede's annual fundraiser to raise awareness of the SSA and encourage parents to support its mission with their donation.






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US GACE Delegation - Morocco

Maryville University’s School of Education and Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy have collaborated with area school districts to develop a certificate program in Global Awareness and Civic Education Studies (GACE). The GACE program matches education professionals in the United States with their international peers, and the experience culminates with travel to the partner country for joint learning and teaching. The October 2012 cohort visited Morocco, with stops in Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and Fez.
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L'Dor V'Dor - From Generation to Generation

Congregation Temple Israel celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. As a 6th generation congregant, and member of one of the founding families, I created Temple's retrospective with both pride and reverence for our history.
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My two passions, photographs and public radio

I love photographs. I love taking them, I love reminiscing with them, and I love using photographs to tell a story. I have another love, and that is public radio. The Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio recently hosted MetroQuest: Only In St. Louis, a combined scavenger hunt, pub crawl and trivia contest, and I had the chance to combine my passions, and create this video. Read More...
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