As the tragic situation in Ferguson, Missouri, unfolded, Ladue Schools staff and students have rallied to provide support for Ladue Schools students, students in the Ferguson-Florissant school district and the community at large. Following are just a few examples…
- Ladue Schools 1994 graduate Marjorie Dellas shared information on 550 KTRS about Hands and Hearts Supporting Ferguson. Dellas, a Ladue Schools graduate, talks about our broader Ladue Schools community, our connection to Michael Brown’s mother (also a Ladue Schools graduate) and the need for the community at large to support one another and truly listen. Hands and Hearts Supporting Ferguson met on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Hudson Park in Ferguson.
- Staff members at all Ladue Schools gathered food donations for the Ferguson-Florissant school district. The district cancelled school all last week due to safety concerns. Ferguson-Florissant teachers have banded together to provide lessons, supervision and lunch to students. With local food banks in Ferguson now empty, they requested snack items and drinks from their surrounding districts to provide to students.
- Vincent Flewellen, a Communications Arts teacher at Ladue Middle School and an adjunct professor at Washington University, was interviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, National Public Radio, Majic 100.3 and The TandD.com. Vincent has done an excellent job with speaking about the impact this tragedy has had, and will have, on children, and the opportunities it provides for all of us to have important conversations about racism, our society, and civil rights in general. He has also been a great resource for students and families who have had to wrestle with how to talk about these difficult subjects with family and friends.
- Old Bonhomme Elementary School families joined the food drive for Ferguson on August 22, 2014. The drive was sponsored by the City of Olivette and the Friends of Stacy Park. Fourth graders delivered donations to Stacy Park this morning and were met with cheers from the organizers!
- Marlon Marshall, a 1997 graduate of LHWHS, is one of the three White House representatives who attended Michael Brown’s funeral. Marlon currently serves as Deputy Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Before this most recent appointment, Marlon supported the mission to help students aspire toward opportunities beyond the norm when he flew to St. Louis and shared his educational and political journey with fellow Ladue Schools students at the high school’s first Career Fair in 2010.
- LHWHS Journalists Cover the Story. Seniors Phillip Robinson-Morgan and Jelissa Puckett worked alongside national news outlets as they covered Michael Brown’s funeral in St. Louis. These students were also asked to share their recent videos with PBS NewsHour.
- 2011 Graduate John Gaskin III gave the Address to the Class at his commencement and is currently a political science student at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He is also one of the youngest members ever of the NAACP National Board of Directors. During the height of the crisis in Ferguson, Gaskin became “a face for national media, a shoulder for local residents and a sounding board for those nationwide who want to help,” as noted by The St. Louis American. He was also quoted in this article on MSNBC.