Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

A second-grader’s mission to warm Madison

Published in the 12/20/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

A second-grader’s mission to warm Madison
‘I kept seeing a lot of kids without coats,’ says girl

When Z’Sanique Sanders, 7, told her principal she had an idea to warm up her classmates this winter, she meant business.

The second-grader at Harris Accelerated Elementary School in Madison was serious about opening up her heart to the community, Principal Terrien Fennoy said.

“She came to me in September and said ‘I have an idea’ and then she kept stopping by my office each week to remind me. She was persistent and genuinely concerned as the weather got colder,” Fennoy said.

Sanders’ idea evolved from a wish to help her classmates into a community-wide winter coat drive called “From Our Hearts to Yours.” Continue reading

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Feature Stories, News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Granite City girl scout sells 1,040 boxes of cookies

Published in the 12/13/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

Granite City girl scout sells 1,040 boxes of cookies

When Hannah Groetecke sets her mind to something, she gets the job done — even if it means carrying an order form at all times.

Groetecke, a member of Girl Scout Troop 403 in Granite City, got the job done this month, selling 1,040 boxes of cookies for the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. Her efforts earned her a Mongoose bike, an iPod Touch, her name on the district office’s plaque and recognition as one of five girls in the area deemed Super Sellers. Continue reading

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Christmas Shoes

When I was little, Christmas was my favorite time of year. It was the anticipation of spending time with my family, the excitement over gift giving and the nervousness of holiday plays and church programs.

For me, the main events always lived up to the anticipation. But, I’m not so little anymore.

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December 22, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , | Leave a comment