School in Old Monroe responds to teen's request to help Haitians

Erin Prendergast gave Oliver Gorski some tape as he added his fake paper money to one of four cardboard houses representing new homes in Haiti. The project was part of a fundraiser at Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe led by Erin, a junior at St. Dominic High School, to help build homes in Haiti.

Erin Prendergast gave a wad of fake dollar bills to students at her former elementary school.

Erin, a junior at St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon, received the real thing in return.

The students at Immaculate Conception Parish in Old Monroe attached the fake money to four waist-high cardboard houses Erin and her mom brought to the school. The houses represent homes being built in Haiti through Count It All Joy, part of a charity called Partners in Development.

Pain doesn't stop student from touting education support

Cardinal Ritter High School senior Cameron Caldwell, right, attends the school through the help of the Today and Tomorrow Foundation. He talked with Rayne Clark in the hallway on his way to British literature class studying a sonnet by William Shakespeare.

Cameron Caldwell considered it a great honor to be picked as the student to address about 600 people at the Archbishop's Gala benefiting the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation in late April.

The senior at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School planned to tell the crowd how much students accomplish thanks to their generous support, which makes all of the difference to students such as himself. He was primed and ready for the festivities that evening in the Khorassan Ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza.

SLUH brings robotics to middle-school students

Trinity Stensaker, a student at St. James the Greater School, worked on building her robot. The sixth- and seventh-grade students are learning about robotics by using a Lego system and a robot called Mindstorm EV3 with help from St. Louis University High School students as part of the Clavius Project.

The robot-on-wheels the size of a romote-control car chugged forward, but stopped just before the wall and failed to turn. Sixth-graders Taleah Dilworth and Trinity Stensaker had a brief look of disappointment before quickly reaching down, picking up the robot and getting back to work on it.

Marian Middle School spotlights vocations stories

Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, vice principal and fifth-grade teacher at Marian Middle School in south St. Louis, taught a religion class on the Acts of the Apostles.

Working in collaboration, sisters from eight religious communities wanted to form an all-girls counterpart to Loyola Academy, an all-boys Jesuit middle school a few blocks from St. Louis University.

The resulting Marian Middle School celebrates its 15th anniversary with an open house from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the school in the former Holy Family School at 4130 Wyoming St.

The open house offers a chance not only for neighbors to check out the school, but also for students to mingle with the sisters and learn about the school's founding communities.

Irish students savor a taste of American life

Niall O’Connor, right, and Roberto Munive listened to a presentation on Doctor Strange in an elective class, “Super Heros and Comics and Film,” at De Smet Jesuit High School. O’Connor is one of a number of students visiting schools in the archdiocese from their school, Coláiste Ailigh, an Irish-language secondary school in County Donegal, Ireland.

On a cultural field trip for the exchange students from Ireland, Father Francis Hein had an intermediate stop between St. Louis Priory High School and the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

So, after an all-school Mass bright and early one morning, the guys piled into a van, meandered four miles south on South Mason Road, turned right onto Manchester Road then took a quick right into the parking lot of their destination -- Dunkin Donuts.

Yes, Dunkin Donuts.

Science in a Tree program gives students at St. Raphael the Archangel School unique opportunity

Teak Phillips | Science in a Tree program gives students at St. Raphael the Archangel School the mix tree-climbing and science experiments.

After photographing her son Henry, Kristina Cyr turned her attention to Will Hotze, wanting to take a photo for his parents.

It would be quite the picture.

One problem, though.

"He's too high; you can hardly see him," she said, with a laugh, motioning to the dot swinging 60 feet up in a mighty oak tree about 100 feet away.

There, harnessed to a rope secured by Adventure Tree, Will dangled among branches at roughly the roof line of St. Raphael the Archangel Church, taking in the scenery from a birds-eye view and waving at his friends below.

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