Give STL Day is an online day-of-giving event that takes place annually on May 1st. The purpose of Give STL Day is to ignite the spirit of giving across the St. Louis region and to bring our community together.
We’re gearing up for Give STL Day on May 1 by celebrating the unique ways that Viz empowers young women to be who they are and be that well. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing powerful stories and testimonies of unique ways that Viz empowers young women to be who they are and be that well.
Give STL Day at Viz: Fine Arts
“Art teaches us empathy and problem solving…it teaches us how to be human.”
– Marty Strohmeyer
Did you know…
Viz’s Fine Arts Department spans grades 1 through 12 with a comprehensive curriculum, allowing juniors and seniors to hold leadership roles and mentor younger students.
Viz is one of four high schools selected to create original artwork to be used in patient rooms at the new St. Louis University Hospital.
Each member of our Fine Arts faculty are professionals in their field: Musicians, producers, performers, visual artists, and graphic designers. That means that each student at Viz has access to a comprehensive Fine Arts curriculum and real-world experience from professionals in their field.
View our Give STL Day: Fine Arts Video!
GiveSTLDay at Viz: The Ellen Thomasson Malecek Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
“The hands-on business experience that students have access to in this program is unparalleled. It’s something we’re incredibly proud of.”
– Barbara McMullen, Upper School Principal
Did you know…
The Ellen Thomasson Malecek Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (ETMELP) was introduced at Viz in 2016 with only four students who met before school. Three short years later, the program has grown to include over 34 students in eight different threads of entrepreneurial activity.
Ellen was a proud 1989 graduate of Visitation Academy and this community was always close to her heart. Ellen’s friends and family raised funds to create the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program to honor her memory, and Viz will forever be grateful!
The program is project-based and integrated throughout the curriculum, with the goal of inspiring and encouraging students possessing Ellen’s entrepreneurial spirit and sense of creativity to pursue their business dreams.
Did you know…
The ETMELP has seven full-time faculty mentors providing one-on-one support to students in areas ranging from innovative design and literary, graphic and performance arts to science, engineering, philanthropy and business.
View our Give STL Day Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Video!
We love highlighting student-produced work! A special thanks to junior, Grace Kalil who created this video!
GiveSTLDay at Viz: The RoboRebels
“Viz’s STEM-geared curriculum help students take what they learn in math class, apply it in science class, and create a prototype in engineering. It’s the definition of project-based, applied learning.”
– Sarah Walsh ‘03
Did you know…
Viz collaborates with Priory, forming a joint competition robotics team called the RoboRebels. Senior Molly Frei is this year’s team captain, the first female to hold this position since the program was launched in 2011.
When Sarah Walsh ‘03 started the program at Viz, there was only one Viz student on the robotics team. Now there are 20. Students get some exposure to robotics in 7th grade, but many don’t have a background or understanding of the process when they join … they just think it’s cool.
The RoboRebels have eight student division leads who go through an application process each year to earn their leadership position. Division leaders are responsible for everything from prototyping, building, coding, finance, fundraising and outreach to providing inspiration and mentorship to their teammates.
Robotics competitions are expensive, costing as much as $6,000 to compete in just one. Students run the Robotics program like a small business, creating their own marketing and soliciting for sponsorships so they can be more self-sufficient. Industry leaders like Google and Boeing have seen the tremendous potential of our students, providing funds to help finance their efforts.
STEM courses provide so much more than just “textbook” education. They teach students to look at the value of what someone else brings to the table, then apply their own critical thinking to develop new applications that can better our world.
Give STL Day is May 1!
You can schedule your gift online today, or join us on May 1st to help support Viz.
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I have more questions, who can I contact?
We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact Lisa Kohler ’02 in our Advancement Office at email@example.com or 314-625-9245.