Years Attended – Preschool through seventh grade
Favorite teacher – Mrs. Cheryl Holsten, her 5th, 6th and 7th Grade Math teacher. “She made learning fun!”
Takeaway from Kehoe-France – Kehoe-France supported every endeavor.
Favorite thing about Kehoe-France – Mr. Hunter White, the librarian, recommended great books to me. He introduced new genres, and discussed the books with me after I read them. Reading is one of my favorite things to do and it helped me develop a large vocabulary. Vocabulary is an important part of the PSAT and SAT so I know it helped me become a National Merit Scholar. I am thankful to Kehoe-France for many things, and this is one of them.
By the time she turned 13 years old, Mary-Brent Brown had learned more about time management, event planning and volunteerism than most people ever will. In 2007, when she was just 12 and a student at Kehoe-France Northshore (KFN), she and her younger sister Beverly founded Kids Wanna Help® — a non-profit organization run by kids that gives the kids the decision-making power over where the charitable funds they raise are donated. Under the umbrella of that inspired endeavor, Mary-Brent and Beverly started the Lemonade Brigade® — an interactive fundraiser that gives kids the skills they need to become entrepreneurs and start and successfully run their own small businesses. Since its inception, Kids Wanna Help® has raised and donated over $139,000.
“Kehoe-France encouraged community service,” she remembers. “The class sizes were small and our teachers gave us individualized attention. They wanted us to learn and encouraged us to take leadership roles — and take charge.” That take-charge, entrepreneurial attitude continues to shine in Mary-Brent.
As a National Merit Scholar, Danforth Scholar, and Entrepreneurial Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, she co-founded the university’s Entrepreneurship Club, she is a cheerleader, and she has made history as one of four women co-founders and co-owners of the only all-female, student-owned business on campus (a candy store), and the first business on campus to serve food outside of the cafeteria. “It is called the Bear-y Sweet Shoppe and we serve about 150 customers every day. We have been open for just three months and already have a very strong balance sheet,” she notes. And she is only a sophomore!
As Mary-Brent continues her college career, she remembers KFN as a place where a solid foundation was laid for her future. “Kehoe-France provided rigorous academics, a strong support system, and community service opportunities. There were many community service clubs at KFN and they gave us a sense of responsibility. I am thankful for what Kehoe-France provided to me.”