Happy Birthday, City Garden! Community Block Party & City Resolution Presentation 9.6-7.18

City Garden, and sponsor Saint Louis University, marked the beginning of our renewed 10-year charter on September 6 with a community celebration.

City Garden is the FIRST charter school in the state to receive a 10-year charter renewal from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Parents Kim Dixon and Roni Rodgers celebrated being a part of the City Garden community with some good laughs
Saint Louis University President Dr. Fred Pestello spoke in honor of City Garden and SLU's 10-year partnership

At the celebration, Saint Louis University President Dr. Fred Pestello praised the progress made by City Garden, “Our first ten years together has shown that our commitment to urban community education is not just worth it, but is essential. Essential to the livelihood and the vibrancy of our city and the children of St. Louis.”

8th graders Sydney and Eli gave moving speeches for the occasion
Ms. Shannon Adams and Ms. Anne Lacey were recognized for teaching with City Garden since the beginning--all 10 years!

On September 7, Alderwoman Marlene Davis honored the school during the Aldermanic General Meeting with City Resolution 99, which noted City Garden’s “excellence in education and contributions to the City of St. Louis.” Our 8th grade students attended and represented City Garden wonderfully.

St. Louis City County Sheriff Vernon Betts
President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed and Alderwoman Marlene Davis
Alderwoman Marlene Davis, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson
Alderman Joe Roddy and Alderwoman Annie Rice also spoke to honor City Garden

In its ten years, City Garden has created one of the most integrated school communities in the city, as well as one of the highest achieving. The charter school provides an educational model that is now studied by educators regionally and nationally for its success in blending a Montessori curriculum with anti-bias, antiracism principles and practices, creating an innovative approach toward educational equity.

You and each person in our community helped grow City Garden's value and impact. Thank you for your part in building an institution that is succeeding and helping to make our city and region great!



Photos by Amber Norris

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