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A Gem to Remember

On Friday, March 16, right before the bell rang at Duchesne Elementary to dismiss students to a week-long spring break, a select few attended a dance to celebrate their effort in Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS). For the second year in a row, students danced to music DJ’d by former St. Louis County Police Officer Andrea Sanderson. Each year, she selflessly devotes her time to the students at Duchesne to DJ music for these special occasions to celebrate the accomplishments of students.

“I’ve been doing this for so long, that I’m plugged into them,” said Sanderson. “This is something that I simply love to do. I love to see the smiles on their faces each time a new song is cued up.”

Duchesne principal Dr. Sheila Ward crossed paths with Sanderson at their church. They both sing in choir together which kindled their relationship. Sanderson will be moving to Washington D.C. for a career opportunity with the federal government. 

The Duchesne Elementary family is very appreciative of Sanderson’s work with the students, and wishes her the best of success in her new career.