ZOE CARTER - KONATE 2022
100 Neediest Contest
MICDS drawing and painting students have placed again in the 2021 contest.
UNITED WAY OF ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
The 100 Neediest Cases tradition began in 1922 when St. Louis civic leaders formed the Christmas Bureau to provide dinner and toys for those in need.
In 1954, the organization was officially named 100 Neediest Cases and continues to adopt individual cases, donating food, medications, household necessities, and holiday presents for the 100 beneficiaries of the campaign.
Today, according to United Way more than 50 social service agencies, working through the United Way, identify thousands of families and individuals in need.
Volunteers then select 100 cases to be profiled in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The profiles help raise awareness and encourage donations for the thousands of others in need. We make an effort to assist every case in some way.
LUCY ZIMMER - 2023
ARTWORK OF JACOB RIIS
HISTORY AND ART TEACHER COLLABORATION
The successful collaboration between the Upper School History teacher Kristen Roberts and Fine Arts teacher Tiffany D'Addario, resulted in a for students to study the artwork and legacy of Jacob Riis.
Riis immigrated from Denmark to New York City in 1870. While working as a police reporter for the New York Tribune, he did a series of exposés on slum conditions on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which led him to view photography as a way of communicating the need for slum reform to the public.
In 1870 he was a pioneer in the use of photography as an agent of social reform communicating the need for slum reform to the public. He made photographs of these areas and published articles and gave lectures that had significant results, including the establishment of the Tenement House Commission.
At a time when the poor were usually portrayed in sentimental genre scenes, Riis often shocked his audience by revealing the horrifying details of real life in poverty-stricken environments. His sympathetic portrayal of his subjects emphasized their humanity and bravery amid deplorable conditions, and encouraged a more sensitive attitude towards the poor in this country.