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E. Desmond Lee
Education and youth philanthropist.
Established E. Desmond Lee Scholars Foundation.
Former owner Lee/Rowan Co.
President Atkins Building Services and Products, Inc.
Past President Lions Club, United Way, and Chamber of Commerce.
Recipient of University of Missouri Distinguished Service Award.
Assisted with hearing, vision and scoliosis screenings.
Designed and operated sports concession stand at Hickman High School.
Initiated a volunteer teacher aide program at Grant Elementary School.
Served as a school volunteer for many years.
Elizabeth A. Schmidt
Served 23 years as a school volunteer.
Former PTA President
Founded volunteer program at Grant Elementary School.
Member of the CPS Board of Education 1976-1989.
Led a study of local school programs and finance for League of Women Voters.
Volunteer coordinator at Ridgeway Elementary School.
Dr. O.V. Wheeler
Principal of Ridgeway Elementary School 1963-1991.
Developed and implemented an IGE magnet school program.
Selected Missouri’s Distinguished Principal of the Year in 1985.
Served as CPS Coordinator of Libraries for 22 years.
Assisted in opening 16 elementary school libraries.
Original member of the Mark Twain Award Committee.
Language Arts and Humanities teacher 1951-1983.
President Missouri Association of Teachers of Allied Arts and Humanities.
Received University of Missouri’s Citation of Merit for exemplary service to Missouri’s youth.
Dr. Eliot Battle
CPS Director of Guidance for 34 years.
Selected CPS Outstanding Administrator, 1995 Pioneer in Education Award.
Received 1999 Columbia Values Diversity Award.