Linda Riekes

Linda Riekes has been serving the students, teachers, administrators and parents of the St. Louis Public Schools for nearly 40 years. She has raised over a hundred million dollars in grants and funding for the district. She is the founder of the Law and Citizenship Education Unit, the largest public school citizenship related program in the country. The Unit developed and implemented the first citizenship education program for the special learner. For this work the American Bar Association awarded her with its Isidore Starr Law-Related Educator of the Year Award in 1980. Linda has co-authored a number of books for students and teachers including the Law in Action series and a nonfiction book, The Bill of Rights and YOU with Patricia McKissack. All royalties from book sales have been donated to the school district to help support law-related activities and other district needs. Linda established the first Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program in the district and created a number of national institutes. She is also the founder of the St. Louis Internship Program which has benefitted over 3,000 students since the program was created in 1992. The Program was established by the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) and the St. Louis legal community to serve as a model throughout the United States. Linda is a founding member of the highly effective Peabody Education Task Force and serves as the district liaison to the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation. She is a Development and Partnership officer of the SLPS.