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Elementary School News

September 24, 2014


St. Louis Family’s Excellence in Education Award Honors MRH Elem Teacher

Janine Lillard St. Louis Family is pleased to announce the winners of the first-annual Excellence in Education Awards. The Elementary School category winner is Janine Lillard from Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. On Friday, September 19, 2014 St. Louis Family’s Editor-in-Chief, Christy Marshall, surprised the first-place Excellence in Education winners at their respective schools and presented each with an award, balloons, the latest issue of St. Louis Family, and a special gift bag.

Last winter, St. Louis Family asked St. Louisans to nominate educators who positively impacted their students, schools, and communities. The finalists were narrowed down and seven winners were selected among six categories.

St. Louis Family is the semiannual lifestyle publication from SLM Media Group. Published with the sole purpose of providing St. Louis-area parents with more information about how to enjoy a happy and healthy family life, this smart and entertaining magazine is filled with information about education, health care, sports, entertainment, shopping, and more.

Maplewood Richmond Heights’ second and third grade looping teacher, Janine Lillard, won first place for Elementary Teacher. Lillard started her career in Maplewood as a student teacher and has remained with the District ever since. She has just recently started her sixth year with the District.

Lillard’s excerpt in the magazine recognized her commitment to social justice and social action projects. When Hurricane Sandy hit, Lillard and her students took note and took action. She found an Elementary School in New York that had been devastatingly hit and with her class of second grade students they brainstormed what they could do to help their far away neighbors. They came up with the idea to start a penny drive to raise money for this school that they had heard so much about. It started at a class level and quickly spread throughout the entire District. After all of the collections were finished, the students took a field trip to the neighborhood bank and watched the coins filter through the machine. They were astounded that they had helped raised $1,796 all from an original idea that they had within their classroom.

“I believe that in doing social justice and social-action projects we help develop a youngster into a person who cares about others. I love that at MRH we embrace so many factors that make the District unique. We always welcome everyone and our staff makes sure they go the distance to make learning incredible for each student and each family and this is just one of the many examples,” said Lillard.

Read the full article in St. Louis Family Magazine here.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.