Bright Ideas is Springboard to Learning’s triannual newsletter highlighting programming, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and everything in between.


Signature Program Culmination Celebrations

Seven schools in the St. Louis Public, Hazelwood, and Francis Howell School Districts celebrated the culmination of their Springboard to Learning Signature Programs this semester with our community partners across the city!

In March, third graders from McNair Elementary (Hazelwood) visited the Magic House’s MADE for Kids makerspace to showcase their IdeaBuilder inventions, created during their residency with teaching artist Lesli Henderson. They also had ample time to explore the makerspace, and used the skills they learned in IdeaBuilder to create rockets, build with legos, and make many different kinds of art, from screen printing to yarn art to digital painting.

In April, fifth graders from Mason School of Academic and Cultural Literacy and Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction (SLPS) watched their plays come to life on the stage of the Sun Theatre at the 28th annual WiseWrite Festival of One-Act Plays. This year, 89 students participated in the program, and twelve of those students were selected to have their script performed by professional actors at the Festival, either live on stage or on screen as a short film.

And in May, students from Armstrong, Barrington, and Jury Elementary Schools (Hazelwood), as well as Barnwell Middle School (Francis Howell), displayed their Art of Baseball infographics to the public at Busch Stadium before a St. Louis Cardinals game. These student statisticians and artists analyzed data points from across Major League Baseball, from player statistics to hot dog prices to ticket sales, and artistically portrayed the comparative information.


Recognizing Exemplary Teaching Artists

Based on feedback from area schools and venues, Springboard identified a group of exemplary teaching artists for recognition in 2024. These teaching artists consistently reach the highest standard for program implementation. Their talents and passions are evident, and they excel in bringing creative and effective programming to students, teachers, and the community. Staff and Board Members presented letters of gratitude to thirteen TAs on Springboard’s roster:

Congratulations to these exceptional educators – you are the heart of our mission!


Meet Our Newest Staff Members

Jessica Eagen
Chief Development Officer

Where else have you worked besides Springboard? Campus YMCA at Washington University, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Methodist College and Boy Scouts of America – Learning for Life

What was your favorite subject in elementary school? English

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? It depended on the day!

Favorite place to visit in St. Louis? All of the tourist attractions! However, Forest Park has a lot of my favorite STL treasures.

What’s a hidden (or not-so-hidden) talent of yours? Baking

Carmen Guynn
Teaching Artist Program Specialist

Where else have you worked besides Springboard? Crime Advocacy Center, Kwame Building Group, STAGES St. Louis, currently Almas Del Ritmo Dance Company

What was your favorite subject in elementary school? Science

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Doctor

Favorite place to visit in St. Louis? St. Louis Zoo

What’s a hidden (or not-so-hidden) talent of yours? I am a ventriloquist.


Shop at Schnucks to Support Springboard

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Did you know you can now donate your Schnucks Rewards to help support Springboard to Learning? Click here to learn how to sign up for the Donate Your Rewards program, and how to designate your current (and future) rewards for Springboard!


Save the Date: Lip Sync Battle – St. Louis 2024

Step into the spotlight for St. Louis children! Lip Sync Battle – St. Louis 2024 will be held this year on Saturday, October 5, 2024, at the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater on the campus of the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Tickets go on sale July 1st, 2024. Interested in becoming a contestant or corporate sponsor? Click here for more detals!


New and Renewed Funding

We are grateful for the generosity of the following organizations, which help fund Springboard programming and operations!

Cardinals Care awarded Springboard a grant in support of program supplies.

The Catherine Manley Gaylord Foundation awarded Springboard a grant in support of general operations.

The Daniel E. Singer Charitable Fund awarded Springboard a grant in support of general operations.

The George K. and Marjorie McCarthy Robins Fund awarded Springboard a grant in support of general operations.

The Rotary Club of Kirkwood awarded Springboard a grant in support of general operations.

The Saigh Foundation awarded Springboard a grant in support of Signature Programming.

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Missouri awarded Springboard a grant in support of colonial history programming.

The St. Louis Philanthropic Organization awarded Springboard a grant in support of Signature Programming.

The St. Louis Unitarian Foundation for Children awarded Springboard a grant in support of general operations.

The Taylor Family Foundation awarded Springboard a grant in support of the WiseWrite Program.

Trail of Bits awarded Springboard a grant in support of general operations.

The United Way of Greater St. Louis awarded Springboard a grant in support of general operations.


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