Going to school in the Shaw neighborhood can certainly be a challenge at times. There's a lot of riff raff in the neighborhood. And I say that coming from Soulard. Take car cloutings. When Kay was in pre school someone broke the window of her friend Caroline's car and stole a dance bag with a size 6 leotard. Neighborhood kids lit our playground climber on fire and routinely write horribly graphic bad words all over the inside of the slide. At a school auction a car was stolen off one of the side streets. Imagine that. Walking out of a school auction with your winnings and not being able to find your car because some punk stole it (ever since then we have hired an off duty police officer for night social activities).
But there are perks too. It's an academically strong, diverse and caring school. The students walk frequently to Tower Grove Park and the Botanical Gardens. The parents are fun, smart and volunteer their talents. We always have connections to free beer through Schlafly or AB.
The Botanical Garden is also in the Shaw neighborhood. So when the Chinese Lantern Festival ended we got this pagoda house and a bunch of other cool garden sculpture. Thanks MOBOT!