The Special Education Foundation, in partnership with Special School District (SSD), recognized 19 students with Rosemary Zander Awards at the annual Commitment to Kids Banquet on April 24, 2014. Another 17 scholarships and camperships were awarded to students at the event by local organizations, including the Special Education and Foundation and the Bonhomme Lions. Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior Mallory Evans received the Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship.
Students were honored for achievements in academics, arts, athletics, communications, vocational training, independent living skills and community service.
The Rosemary Zander Awards were named in honor of an SSD teacher who dedicated her career to the success of her students. When Zander retired, she planned to devote her time to presenting seminars and workshops on building student self-esteem. She was unable to fulfill her plans due to a tragic accident that took her life. But her mission lives on today in the form of the Rosemary Zander Awards, the highest honor awarded to SSD students.