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29 Aug
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“Go See the Principal” Author Gerry Brooks to Address 500 LESA Teachers, Principals

“Go See the Principal” Author Gerry Brooks to Address 500 LESA Teachers, Principals

About 500 teachers and principals from 33 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area and southern Illinois will gather at Christ Community Lutheran School (CCLS) in Kirkwood Friday, Aug. 30, for a special presentation by social media star Gerry Brooks, author of the new book Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches. The participating schools are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA).

Brooks, an elementary school principal with a social media following of over 1.2 million users (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), will speak about Personal Climate and Culture. As a teacher and principal with more than 14 years in education, Brooks is known for his humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. 

More than 7,100 students attend Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 29 elementary and four high schools, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For more information, visit www.LESAstl.org.

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22 Jul
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LESA’s Brew in the Lou – Early Bird Wristband Sale!

LESA's Brew in the Lou - Early Bird Wristband Sale!

Don’t miss LESA’s Brew in the Lou Festival on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in Frances Park in St. Louis Hills!   Please join me at this fantastic event featuring 100 food, beverage, and retail vendors in the beautiful setting of the park’s Lily Pond, and enjoy live entertainment provided by the Steve Ewing Band.  Your wristband purchase entitles you to food and beverage samples during the event and supports students attending LESA’s 31-member Lutheran schools throughout the St. Louis community.

Early bird wristband sales continue through July 31st, so purchase your wristbands now!

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03 Jun
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Activities to exercise your child’s brain this summer!

Activities to exercise your child's brain this summer!

There are discussions about the benefits of year-round schooling however, we contend that summer education doesn’t have to be in the classroom. Here are several activities to help keep your children learning–spiritually, academically and socially–through the summer without taking away the fun.

READING AND WRITING

Engaging your kids in reading and writing skills over the summer is key to improving learning throughout the year — so here are some creative activities.

Create a book club: A great way to mix the social “play dates” with creativity. A summer book club for kids reinforces reading as well as socialization.
Keep a journal: Show kids how they can keep a journal, writing about the activities they do over the summer.
Enroll in summer writing camps: Find several summer writing camps for older kids by searching Summer Writing Camps St Louis.
Read throughout the day: There are all kinds of ways to encourage your kids to read throughout the summer, not just books. Fiction and non-fiction abounds on the Internet. To help you decide if a book is appropriate for your child’s age, check out www.commonsensemedia.org.
Write a comic book: Have your children develop creativity, writing, and humor with a fun comic book or start with a weekly comic strip. They can even work on this project with a friend, collaborating on the dialogue and the artwork.
Select books or stories about your summer activities: Before heading to the beach or picking up a basketball or even watching a movie, find books about the activities or the book behind the movie.
Compose emails: You children can practice writing by composing emails and sending to friends and family about their summer time fun.
Read in bed: Encouraging your child to read in bed, even if it delays bedtime a bit, is a great way to get them to read. It feels like a special treat to get to stay up late and reading relaxes after a busy summer day.
Create a blog: Sharing summer activities with friends and families with an online blog helps children practice with their writing. This article will help you get started.
Read everywhere: Read street signs, billboards, and anything else you can find while you’re on the go this summer. 
Allocate family reading time: Set aside a time everyday when the whole family reads, by themselves or all together.
Leverage comic books: Comic books are a great way to generate interest in reading for your child.
Read out loud every day: Poolside, beachside or even before bed, read aloud to your child and have them read aloud to you every day.
Summer reading camp: Enroll your child in the Summer Challenge from Scholastic.com. It’s a competitive, virtual reading camp that kids of different ages can enjoy. 

GET OUT AND PLAY

Staying active and outdoors can be a fun way to learn and grow over the summer.

Watch a baseball game: Whether it’s a Cardinals game or other more affordable local teams or even a Little League game, talk about the strategy of baseball as you watch.
Visit a museum: Art, history or even the City Museum are a great way to learn over the summer. Many museums have summer kid’s programs. Visit their websites to see what they have to offer.
Dine out: Help your kids do menu math at a restaurant. Ask them what they can afford with different amounts of money. For older kids, have them factor the tip at the end of the meal.
Take a tour: Museums aren’t the only way to learn while taking it all in. There are a variety of factory tours or even local art studios to help your children learn how every day items are made.
Go camping: Helping plan a camping trip is an excellent lesson for children. Once you arrive, allowing your child to participate in setting up camp and preparing meals helps build confidence and self-sufficiency. Kids can learn to identify different plants or terrain as well.
Visit a park: Whether local or one of the great state or national parks, offer a multitude of learning activities while building a family experience.
Don’t forget the Zoo: St. Louis has one of the top zoos in the country. Have your child research different animals prior to your visit.

STAY HOME AND PLAY

You don’t have to be out and about this summer to find learning experiences. Staying home offers its own opportunities.

Be crafty: Plan a weekly crafting day with your kids and for your kids and their friends. Here are some ideas
Building a playhouse: You can combine outside fun while practicing measurement and safety by constructing a backyard treehouse. If that feels ambitious, building an in-the-house tent city can be a fun engineering project too.
Set up a lemonade stand: The classic lemonade stand offers many lessons in math and business.
Plan a game day: Board games help children hone thinking skills, while having fun with friends or family.
Track the daily weather: Show your children how to track temperatures and weather during the summer. Here’s a great online resource.
Calculate the family’s environmental footprint: Show your child how to use the EPA’s personal emission calculator to learn about your family’s emissions and to discuss how you can reduce your impact. 
Plant a garden: Help your kids learn about sustainability, nutrition and physical growth with a backyard garden. This site is a good resource.
Play Monopoly: By playing Monopoly for your family game time, your child can play the “banker” to count money and make change.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

Finally, there are hundreds of fun and entertaining activities to help kids prevent brain drain over the summer.

Grocery shopping: Often we’re trying to just get this chore done, however, it’s fun to make it educational as well. Have your child practice match skills and plan menus.
Make a robot: There are many St. Louis based robotics camps at Washington University, STEM programs, and Snapology.
Keep a photo journal: In addition to getting your children writing over the summer, your child can also use a camera and notebook to create a photo journal.
Use puppets: Your kids can use their imagination to write and “produce” puppet shows over the summer. Puppets can be made out of many household items.
Fun with science: Put your kids minds to work by turning them into scientific researchers with various summer time experiments
Make a game: Create your own board game or your kids can try their hand at a digital game at Kodu or Scratch.
Play travel games: Taking a long car trip? Introduce your kids to some of those games we played as children like ABCs.
Map your travel: Show your kids how they can help plan a vacation, help create a map or even book travel online.
Don’t forget summer camps: There are many camps around the area from robotics to web design to health camps to help keep your kids brains working. We sponsor our very own vacation Bible school camps and other camps. Call us at 314-200-0797 for more details if you are looking for a Lutheran summer camp.

GO ONLINE

There are hundreds of online resources to make learning fun this summer. Here are just a few:

Edutopia

Story Online

The Smithsonian Institute

ELearning For Kids

PBS Kids

Do2Learn

IXL Learning

Literacy Center

Fun Brain

National Geographic for Kids

Art Projects for Kids

NASA Kids Club

Young Ocean Explorers

How Stuff Works

Discovery Mind Blown

Fun4Kids St. Louis

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10 May
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LESA Extends Scholarship Application Deadline

LESA Extends 2020-21 Scholarship Application Deadlines due to COVID-19.

A message from our Scholarship Program Director

With all the unprecedented changes in our daily lives over the past week and weeks to come, due to COVID-19, LESA feels it is in the best interest of our schools and families to extend the scholarship application deadline to allow families time to complete the application and extra time to get their taxes done and documents submitted to their scholarship application for 2020/2021.

We understand some families may not have access to a computer and we would encourage schools to assist these families and allow them access to the computers at school by appointment only. LESA staff are available by phone (numbers listed below) to assist with application questions and FACTS customer service is available as well. The FACTS customer service number is 866-412-4637.

Family Information:

April 10, 2020 – Scholarship Application Deadline

April 30, 2020 – Application must be Complete/Verified (Compete/Verified = all documents have been submitted, FACTS verified all documents, and application status is complete/verified on April 30). LESA only reviews applications for a scholarship award that are complete/verified.

School Information:

April 30, 2020 – LESA School Comments Form deadline:

  • The LESA School Comments Form is now open and available for principals to complete for each student that has a submitted application. I encourage all principals to complete the LESA School Comments Form on a weekly basis from now until April 30. The Comments Form needs to be completed for every student, whether they have a complete or incomplete application. So if you could take time each week to view the applications on FACTS from families at your school and complete the LESA Comments Form frequently, the LESA Scholarship Award Committee will be able to review more applications during our award committee meeting in May.

Notifications – LESA will notify the school and families of the scholarship award determinations via email by May 31, 2020.

LESA understands the challenges and difficulties facing our world today and we pray that everyone will continue to lean on their faith and put their trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Maureen Gersman
Office Manager & Scholarship Program Director
314.200.0790 – Main Phone & Voicemail
mgersman@lesastl.org
www.lesastl.org

 

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09 May
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LESA’s “Cooking for Kids” Raises $211,000 for STL Lutheran Schools

LESA's "Cooking for Kids" Raises $211,000 for STL Lutheran Schools

(ST. LOUIS, MO) May 8, 2019 – The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) raised $211,000 for Lutheran schools at its annual “Cooking for Kids” Dinner-Auction, held April 6 at the Orlando Gardens South. Proceeds from the event will fund need-based scholarships and services for students of all faiths at 33 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area.

This year’s fundraiser featured a special menu prepared by two of St. Louis’s rising culinary stars – Lutheran school alumni Alex Cupp, executive chef and owner of The Stellar Hog, and Ben Grupe, a 2018 James Beard Award nominee and executive chef/owner of Tempus, a new restaurant opening this summer in The Grove (Feast article). Cupp and Grupe began their educations at Word of Life Lutheran School Schoolin south St. Louis before moving on to high school (Lutheran South for Cupp) and the widely respected Culinary Arts Program at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Fox 2’s Dan Gray hosted the evening, which included the presentation of LESA’s 2019 Lutheran Student Christian Leader Award to James Teuscher, a sixth-grader at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Eureka. The award, which recognizes Lutheran elementary school students who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, academic achievement and a commitment to their community, includes a $500 scholarship underwritten by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

James, 11, is the son of Lisa and Ty Teuscher, whofostered and then adoptedhim after he was born with complications. James has five siblings, including a biological sister and a brother, Alex, who was born with special medical needs. In addition to helping his mother care for Alex, James enjoys volunteering with his family in St. Mark’s nursery during Sunday services, and helping out at Sunday school when he can. At school, he plays basketball for St. Mark’s, takes part in drama productions and watches out for his friend Hugh, a classmate who has special needs. James was nominated for the award by one of his teacher’s, Linda Dehn.

“James comes to school every day with a smile on his face,” said Mrs. Dehn. “He’s just a very genuine, loving, caring child who wants everyone to know about Jesus and he wants to live that out as a leader.”

The program also included a tribute John and Joan Komlos, the recipients of LESA’s2019 Heritage Award,for their life-long support of Lutheran education. The award

recognizes individuals whose contributions have created a legacy for children enrolled in Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area. As Heritage Club members, John and Joan have established the Komlos Family Endowment, which will help children attend Lutheran elementary schools for years to come.

The Komloses, who live in Arnold, raised and educated four children in St. Louis Lutheran schools (St. John’s Lutheran in Arnold and Lutheran South). Their children – John, Don, Joani and Ron – have continued their parents’ commitment to Lutheran education. John is a past president of the Lutheran High School Association and Ron is a former board member of LESA.

“We firmly believe in parochial education and that’s why we support LESA and its mission to make Lutheran schools available to every child and family, regardless of income,” said Joan.

Joan and John have served in numerous ministries at St. John’s, Arnold and Hope Lutheran in High Ridge. John, a floor-layer and 60-plus year member of the Carpenter’s Union, has donated services  to countless congregations and organizations. Joan, who owns Estate Sales by Joan & Don with her son, has given time to Lutheran Children and Family Services’ resale shop and auction event, and is a past president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

“Cooking for Kids” is LESA’s largest and most important annual fundraiser to support and secure the future of Lutheran Christian education. Since 2004, LESA has awarded over $5.1 million in need-based scholarships to more than 3,000 children of all faiths in the St. Louis area. Thanks to this and other fundraising efforts, 1 out of every 8 students attending a LESA-member Lutheran school receives some level of financial assistance. This year, the Lutheran Legacy Foundation will further that mission with a generous match for endowment gifts and pledges made in 2019.

To learn more about donating to LESA, or setting up a named endowment, contact Katherine “Kit” Auble at 314-200-0797, or kauble@lesastl.org.

About LESA

More than 7,800 students attend Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 31 elementary and four high schools, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For information on enrollment, visit www.lesastl.org.

 

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21 Mar
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STEM Kits for Grade 5-8 and Early Childhood Available in 2020

STEM Kits for Grade 5-8 and Early Childhood Available in 2020

We are pleased to announce that LESA is expanding the LEGO education library in 2019/20 to Early Childhood with LEGO Coding Express and STEAM Park kits, and to grades 5-8 with LEGO’s newest robotics program, SPIKE Prime and the popular EV3/Mindstorms kits.  In all, 84 robotics kits will be available to loan to schools on a rotating basis.  These programs will provide STEM learning for ages 2-14.

Early in 2019, LESA introduced a LEGO education lending library for students in our 31 LESA-member Lutheran schools to help them learn robotics, coding and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills.  LESA purchased LEGO Education instructional kits designed to bring STEM programing to support schools in their efforts to increase STEM as part of the core curriculum.  Kindergarten- 4th grade students were introduced to LEGO WeDo kits.

This year’s highlights include 3,548 hours of STEM learning for 473 students via LEGO instructional Kits provided by LESA.   Additionally, 29 teachers received 203 hour of STEM training in LEGO education.

Thanks to grants from the Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company,  STEM2U Youth Programs, the Emerson Charitable Trust, the Kaufmann Family Foundation, and other individuals interested in supporting elementary STEM programs, this program is made possible.  Further funding and underwriting opportunities are available.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education create critical thinkers, increase science literacy and enable the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to economic growth. “Innovation and science literacy depend on a solid knowledge base in the STEM study areas. Since most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science, it is necessary to begin training our students in these skills at an early age to prepare them to be our future innovators and workforce,” said Sue Nahmensen, CEO of LESA.

To learn more about LESA’s new STEM Initiative, please contact Laura Montgomery, Director of Educational Resources at 314-200-0798.

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15 Mar
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What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

 

Hurry and get your tickets to Cooking for Kids, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Orlando Gardens South featuring a collaboration between Executive Chefs, Alex Cupp and Ben Grupe. Proceeds benefit 33-member Lutheran schools serving 8,000 students and 500 faculty members through tuition assistance and educational resources. Tickets include a four course dinner, open bar, dessert and a small batch tasting with Stumpy’s Spirits. Get your tickets here.

 

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23 Feb
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$220,000 Raised for Lutheran Education

$220,000 Raised for Lutheran Education

“Cooking for Kids” 15th Annual Dinner-Auction

(ST. LOUIS, MO) April 24, 2019 –The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) raised $211,000 for Lutheran schools at its annual “Cooking for Kids” Dinner-Auction, held April 6 at the Orlando Gardens South. Proceeds from the event will fund need-based scholarships and services for students of all faiths at 33 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area.

This year’s dinner featured a special menu prepared by two of St. Louis’s rising culinary stars -Lutheran school alumni Alex Cupp, executive chef and owner of The Stellar Hog, and Ben Grupe, a 2018 James Beard Award nominee and executive chef/owner of Tempus, a new restaurant opening this summer in The Grove (Feast article). Cupp and Grupe began their educations at Word of Life Lutheran School Schoolin south St. Louis before moving on to high school (Lutheran South for Cupp) and the widely respected Culinary Arts Program at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Fox 2’s Dan Gray hosted the evening, which included the presentation of LESA’s 2019 Lutheran Student Christian Leader Award to James Teuscher, a sixth-grader at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Eureka. The award, which recognizes Lutheran elementary school students who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, academic achievement and a commitment to their community, includes a $500 scholarship underwritten by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

The evening’s program also included a tribute to John and Joan Komlos, the recipients of LESA’s 2019 Heritage Award,for their life-long support of Lutheran education. The award recognizes individuals whose contributions have created a legacy for children enrolled in Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area. As a Heritage Club member, John and Joan have established the Komlos Family Endowment, which will help children attend Lutheran elementary schools for years to come. “We firmly believe in parochial education and that’s why we support LESA and its mission to make Lutheran schools available to every child and family, regardless of income,” said Joan. “Cooking for Kids” is LESA’s largest and most important annual fundraiser to support and secure the future of Lutheran Christian education. Since 2004, LESA has awarded over $5.1 million in need-based scholarships to more than 3,000 children of all faiths in the St. Louis area. Thanks to this and other fundraising efforts, 1 out of every 8 students attending a LESA-member Lutheran school receives some level of financial assistance. This year, the Lutheran Legacy Foundation will further that mission with a generous match for endowment gifts and pledges made in 2019.

To learn more about donating to LESA, or setting up a named endowment, contact Katherine “Kit” Auble at 314-200-0797, or kauble@lesastl.org.

About LESA

More than 7,800 students attend Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 31 elementary and four high schools, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For information on enrollment, visitwww.lesastl.org.

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17 Jan
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Sunday, January 27, 2019 Lutheran “All Schools” Open House Event

Sunday, January 27, 2019 Lutheran "All Schools" Open House Event

Thousands of Lutheran school students in the St. Louis Metro Area will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2019) with service projects, special events and open houses.

Several schools will host a special Lutheran “All Schools” Winter Open House event Sunday, Jan. 27, at their respective campuses. Most will welcome visitors from 1-3 p.m., but times may vary. (For a list of participating schools, scroll down.)

The theme of this year’s National Lutheran Schools Week is “Real. Present. God.”, based on Psalm 46, verse 1: “God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.” “Real. Present. God.” is also the theme of the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering.

About 8,500 children attend LESA-member Lutheran schools in St. Louis and southern Illinois, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. Lutheran schools serve children of all faiths and meaningful financial assistance is available to families who qualify. Since 2004, LESA has awarded more than $5.1 million in tuition assistance to families throughout the St. Louis area.

LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, including four National Blue Ribbon schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For more information, visit www.LESAstl.org, or call LESA at 314-200-0797. LESA is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

To find a great Lutheran school in your area, click the “Schools” tab at the top of our website and scroll down!

Lutheran “All Schools” Open House – Sun., Jan. 27, 2019

Participating Schools: 

Metro North 

  • Atonement, Florissant 314-837-1252  (1-3 pm)
  • Grace Chapel, Bellefontaine Neighbors 314-867-6564
  • River Roads, Baden 314-388-0300
  • Salem Lutheran, Florissant 314-741-8220

Metro South

  • Abiding Savior, Mehlville 314-892-4408
  • Green Park, Green Park 314-544-4248
  • Salem, Affton 314-353-9242
  • St. John’s, Arnold 636-464-7303
  • Our Savior, Fenton 636-343-7511  (1-3 pm)
  • Word of Life, St. Louis Hills 314-832-1244

Metro West

  • Christ Community (CCLS), Kirkwood/Webster Groves
    • 314-822-7774
  • Immanuel, Olivette   314-993-5004
  • Immanuel, Washington 636-239-1636
  • St. John, Ellisville  636-386-0186
  • St. Mark’s, Eureka 636-938-4432 (10:30am-3pm)
  • St. Paul’s, Des Peres 314-822-2771  (Noon-2pm)

St. Charles County

  • Child of God, St. Peters 636-970-7080
  • Immanuel, St. Charles 636-946-0051
  • Immanuel, Wentzville 636-639-9887
  • Messiah, Weldon Spring 636-329-1096  (Noon-3pm)
  • Zion, St. Charles 636-441-7424  (1-3pm)

Metro East 

  • Good Shepherd, Collinsville 618-344-3153  (1-3 pm)
  • Holy Cross, Collinsville 618-344-3145 (Noon-3 pm)
  • St. John’s, Red Bud 618-282-3873
  • St. Paul’s, Troy 618-667-6314
  • Trinity, Edwardsville, 618-656-7002
  • Unity, East St. Louis 618-874-6605
  • Zion, Belleville 618-234-0275  (1-3pm)
  • Zion, Bethalto, 618-377-5507

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13 Jan
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The State of Lutheran Elementary Education

The State of Lutheran Elementary Education

Sue Nahmensen, CEO of the Lutheran Elementary School Association, recently spoke to pastors of the Affton Circuit, where she delivered an overview of Lutheran Elementary Schools in the past, present and future. Click here to read more.

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