Award Year: 2018

Parkview Elementary School

1 Veterans Parkway
Columbia, IL, 62236-1147

(618) 281-4997

Dr. Bradley W. Landgraf, Principal at time of Nomination

April Miear Becherer, Current Principal

Columbia Community Unit School District 4

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To serve the educational needs of our young people by encouraging excellence in an environment which promotes the development of positive and responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 94%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 21%
Parkview students supporting the Shoeman Water Project.

Parkview students supporting the Shoeman Water Project.

Columbia Unit School District #4 is located in Columbia, Illinois, just minutes from St. Louis, Missouri. Parkview school serves grades two through four with an enrollment of 450 students. At Parkview, our staff has one goal- to help every student succeed to the best of their abilities. Every day, staff are observed caring for students, building and developing relationships, accommodating students' needs, encouraging students, differentiating for various ability levels, developing and improving curriculum, and modifying teaching strategies.

Parent support and family engagement programs are essential to the success at Parkview. Parents in the community value education and support the school. Students come to school ready to learn. The use of family engagement programs that occur within each grade level and school-wide builds a partnership between Parkview and the school community. Examples of parental support and student dedication include 83% of Parkview students completing the annual reading challenge in which students read independently in addition to their regular assignments each month and 31% of students voluntarily writing Young Authors books on their own time outside of school hours.

The Parkview staff also promotes character education through charitable causes. Students learn lessons on giving, being grateful, and learning empathy in hopes that students will grow up to be open minded adults. Throughout the years, Parkview has raised funds to support Cancer Research, participated in the fundraising and physical activity program, Jump Rope for Heart, and also collected shoes for the Shoeman Water Project, which collects shoes to provide clean water to communities in developing countries. Most of these causes are student or teacher led and our school shows complete dedication to improving all qualities of life. "There is no greater inspiration than empowering children to help other children." -Gary Graves