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Vashon High School art instructor Tim Jennings (left) with sophomore Dalonte Chatman (right).
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis has received a federal grant to take its art programs to more St. Louis-area schools.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded CAM $193,753 to expand the organization’s ArtReach programs. CAM teaching artists help students create art and photo projects and exhibits.

The grant will allow ArtReach to hire more teaching artists, said Lisa Melandri, executive director of CAM.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, speaks to girls at Vashon High School in St. Louis Monday, where she graduated in 1956. May 13, 2019
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

Maxine Waters, a California congresswoman, is known around the halls of Vashon High School in St. Louis as “Auntie Maxine.”

She returned to her alma mater Monday to speak for an hour to a group of girls six decades younger than her about determination, defying the odds and standing up to threats.

Evita Caldwell is a graduate of Vashon High School and St. Louis University. Her story is the first of several in St. Louis Public Radio's collaboration with the initiative "Before Ferguson, Beyond Ferguson."
Brian Heffernan | St. Louis Public Radio

When Evita Caldwell arrived at St. Louis University as a freshman, she quickly understood a couple of things: First, that she lacked the professional mentors and personal networks that play a major role in upward mobility. Second, that her choice of high school may not have been the right one.

Caldwell, 29, grew up in north St. Louis and attended Vashon High School, in the St. Louis Public Schools system and her father’s alma mater. According to the story "Finding Our Way," James Caldwell had insisted that Evita forego an opportunity to participate in the areawide desegregation program that would have landed her in a higher performing school in the region. Instead, she attended Vashon, a city high school with a poor academic track record and few extracurricular opportunities.

Vashon High School freshman Rochelle Mason joined other students in a walk-out over substitute teachers and quality resources.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

About 100 students from St. Louis' Vashon High School walked out of classes Friday morning to demand more full-time teachers and better textbooks.

The students also were upset about certain school policies and the hiring of a new principal.

Vashon has been under scrutiny after it earned only 28 percent of available points on the most recent report card from the state.

Substitute teachers 

Vashon Grad, NFL Player Jerry Brown Dies In Car Crash

Dec 9, 2012
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Jerry Brown, a former star football player at Vashon High School in St. Louis, was killed in a one car accident yesterday in Arlington, Texas.

Brown was a member of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboy’s practice squad.

Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was driving and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter follow the car accident that killed his teammate.

Before the Cowboys, Brown and Brent were teammates for three seasons at the University of Illinois.

Brent was arrested in North Texas Yesterday morning. 

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mar 15, 2012
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Blagojevich headed to prison today

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his Chicago home this morning and is heading to Colorado to begin a 14-year federal prison term for corruption.

He is expected to report to the prison by 2 o’clock this afternoon.  

Blagojevich is the state's second governor in a row to be sent to prison for corruption.

The famously talkative Democrat embraced the public spotlight one last time yesterday evening, seeming to relish the attention of reporters' microphones and hovering television helicopters.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 8, 2009 - On a Tuesday evening, Marcia Hayes-Harris stepped into the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library with four of her students and their babies.

For a moment, she looked around for the reason they'd all come. In the glass-walled room to the right, she expected to find it, but didn't.