Students from Robinson Elementary and Keysor Elementary took the top two spots respectively in the Area-Wide Elementary School Battle of the Books. This year’s competition featured teams of students from 14 area schools who competed asynchronously. Winners were announced during a Zoom presentation. Students from Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District won the annual Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle on May 4. Teams of students from 26 area schools competed both virtually and in-person for this year’s trivia competition. For the competition, students answered questions about 20 different books. The books are a variety of genres and reading levels. The questions were written by the Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle committee. This year’s competition came down to a tie breaker round, where Nipher beat out Ladue Middle School for the top spot.
On May 10, the Kirkwood School District Foundation (KSDF) held the annual Named Awards Scholarship recipient ceremony. This year, $92,000 in scholarships were awarded to 40 students and recent graduates of Kirkwood High School. The Named Awards Scholarship program was created in memory or in honor of students, family and friends of the community. The scholarships are made possible from KSDF because of the generous support of our donors, especially donor families, Kirkwood parents, staff and alumni. Recipients completed an online application. Once the application process closed, the KSDF Named Awards Committee reviewed all applications to determine which students to interview. In March and April, the committee conducted interviews and selected the scholarship recipients. “Congratulations to each of the 2022 KSDF Named Award recipients,” said KSDF Named Award Chairman Dr. Derek Byers. “We are proud of you and all of your accomplishments. You all will represent Kirkwood well in the world, and hopefully some of you will come back to continue making this community even better. We especially thank all the generous donor families - those present tonight and not - who have made these awards possible. We are truly fortunate to be in a community where gifts like these truly make a difference to our students while also honoring the legacies of some very memorable Pioneers.”
The Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club presented each of the kindergarten students in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) with an early reader book as part of the service club’s Early Reader Program. The program was initiated in spring 2006 when the Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club gifted books to each of KSD’s 275 kindergarteners. This year, the club members gifted books to each of KSD’s 449 kindergarteners. Over the years, the Kiwanis Early Reader Program has become an annual “graduation” gift for KSD kindergartners and celebrates of the young students’ love of reading. The Kirkwood teachers selected the books from a list of age-appropriate books prepared by Kiwanis Club member Lynn Bosso from the Kirkwood Public Library. Glendale-Kirkwood Kiwanis Club Lynn Bosso delivered the books to Westchester Elementary on May 10. Kindergarten students at North Glendale, Tillman, Keysor, and Robinson will receive their books over the next week.