Monday, April 29, 2013
The Zoo is asking patrons to help name its newest elephant this week.
Does she look like a Cai or a Priya? Maybe she is a Harper? The St. Louis Zoo can't decide what to name its baby elephant and it's asking patrons for help. Ellie, one of the Zoo's Asian elephants, gave birth to a bouncing 250-pound baby girl at 10:57 p.m. Friday, April 26, according to the Zoo. The Zoo has five names selected for the infant elephant and it is asking area residents to help choose which name is best suited for Ellie and Raja's new daughter. Patrons also chose Raja's name when he was born 20 years ago. The five options are: You can vote for your favorite name on the Zoo's web site, in person at any Zoo welcome desk or by mail. Mail a “Vote for the Baby Elephant Name” postcard with your name, address and your desired elephant …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Michael McDonnell and Abby Lahr took home honores in the St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association (I.R.A.) Reading Poster Contest.
Two Rogers Middle School art students took top place in the 2012-2013 St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association (I.R.A.) Reading Poster Contest, according to a news release from the Affton School District. Sixth grader Michael McDonnell won first place in the sixth to eighth grade division; eighth grader Abby Lahr won second place in the same division. Both students will move on to compete in the Missouri State Council-IRA competition.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Paul Hamtil and family won their mom, Maureen, a cabinet upgrade in a contest last Mother's Day. This year they'll tackle the kitchen renovation.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This Affton house is the only St. Louis area finalist in Patch’s national Deck the House contest! Vote now to help them win $100,000 for schools.
Could this be the best “decked” house in the country? Possibly. Congrats to Patrick and Denise Dolan for being chosen as one of the 24 finalists in our Deck the House contest! The Dolan’s Christmas decorations are so elaborate that Patrick Dolan finally bought a second electric service so they could run the washing machine and microwave at the same time as the nativity scene and the singing Santa. Patrick added 5,000 lights this year, drawing a total of more than 100 amps of power. Denise posts on Facebook constantly and has reached out to all her social networks, asking friends to vote for what Affton has come to call “the house with all the lights.” For more: We had tons of national entries in this year’s Deck the House contest and in …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Patrick and Denise Dolan's Christmas decorations could earn the Affton School District $100,000. All they need is your vote!
The Dolan’s Christmas decorations are so elaborate that Patrick Dolan finally bought a second electric service so they could run the washing machine and microwave at the same time as the nativity scene and the singing Santa. “I used to always love helping my dad put up my Christmas decorations,” Patrick said. “When I got old enough to stand on the ladder, I just started putting lights up myself.” This year, the Dolan family is hoping to turn Patrick’s engineering prowess and holiday spirit into a $100,000 donation to the Affton School District through Patch’s Deck the House Contest. Vote here! Last year, the Dolan’s house won fifth place in the annual contest, which lets readers vote for their favorite home holiday light display. And fifth…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Vote for Rogers Middle School's beehive statue made from 227 milk cartons for a national contest. If they win, the school could earn thousands of dollars to support gardening and sustainability programs.
How many milk cartons does it take to build a beehive? Apparantly, the answer is 227. Rogers Middle School students—and art teacher Mandi Tripoli—entered the "Made by Milk" carton construction contest, competing against schools across the country for thousands of dollars in prize money. Vote for Rogers' "Bee Sustainable" Beehive here! When you see the picture of the beehive, click the "Vote for this entry!" button on the right. The school hopes to use the prize money to grow the garden and sustainability program at Rogers. Grand prize winners will win $5,000, and the top middle school each win $1,500. The entry with the most votes wins $2,500. Tripoli and her students constructed their beehive sculpture out of 227 milk cartons, paint, glue…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our second annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. This is the site where you can learn how to enter the contest when it starts on Monday. Remember: A house in Affton Patch was a Top 5 finisher last year! Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Patch is teaming up with the Missouri Department of Transportation's contest for the best student-produced commercial promoting seat belt use. Our category is the readers' choice. See how you can enter.
For the fourth year in a row, the Missouri Department of Transportation is sponsoring its "Battle of the Belt" contest, inviting students around Missouri to produce a 30-second commercial promoting seat belt use. This year, Patch joins the contest with an additional prize category: The readers' choice prize, good for a $250 scholarship contribution for the winning entry. That joins the Gold, Silver and Most Improved categories MoDOT already has. Why this contest? Because MoDOT says Missouri teen safety belt usage rate for 2011 was only 67 percent. Not good enough, officials say. Battle of the Belt is a safety belt competition between Missouri high schools to encourage the use of safety belts among students. If you're already producing your…
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The best first day of school photo wins a $100 gift card good at Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center or West County Center in St. Louis!
The smell of fresh crayons, the sudden spike in jeans sales, the year of learning ahead—is there anything more exciting than the first day of school? When you’re packing your children’s backpacks with the binders, books and school supplies they’ll need for the new school year, we’re asking you to remember one very important thing: your camera. We want to see those bright, smiling faces ready for the first day of school, so we decided to start a contest: The best “It’s my first day of school!” photo wins a prize. Submit your first day of school photos by hitting the “Upload” button on this article anytime between August 13 and August 31. Patch editors will randomly select the winner from the photos submitted. And what do you win? Just a …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Take photos of you, your kids, your neighbors, your friends doing something Olympian— diving, swimming, kayaking, gymnastics—and you could win a prize!
Patch wants to celebrate the summer Olympics, and all the games that go with it! To do that, we're inviting you to share your favorite photo of you (or your kids, your friends, your neighbors, heck, even your pets!) participating in a sport that is part of the Summer Olympics. So whether it’s sailing or fencing, swimming or gymnastics, archery or kayaking (or any of the 26 sports in the games)—please share your photo! You can post a photo to this article until 5 p.m., July 30. Patch editors will choose our 10 favorites, and then you, the reader, can vote for the winner in an article that will be posted on July 31. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to a local sporting goods store. Here are some more details on the contest: