Education

Christ the King student headed to National Geographic Bee

Jackson Cooper, a seventh-grader at Christ the King School in University City, listened to teacher Mike Bettonville in social studies class on April 16. Jackson is the Missouri state winner of the National Geographic Bee and will head to Washington, D.C., to compete with 53 other winners from across the United States.

It was a nail-biting competition with nearly a dozen tie-breaker questions. But Jackson Cooper secured the win with this wringer:

What city that is home to the renowned Ambrosian Library is also the principal financial center of Italy?

The seventh-grader at Christ the King School in University City edged out St. Louis Priory seventh-grader Evan Hugge with the correct answer — Milan — to win the Missouri state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee April 6 at Moberly Area Community College.

Editorial | Gun violence: Listen to the students

Good for them, and we hope it'll pay off for us.

Thousands of students and teachers walked out of their classrooms or took part in organized gatherings outdoors during the school day on March 14 as part of the the #Enough! National School Walkout to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence. The nationwide march was organized by Women's March Youth Empower.

‘Rose-colored glasses’ provide vision for St. Louis

Bishop Louis W.V. DuBourg and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne were key builders for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

However, they always didn't see eye-to-eye. In fact, St. Philippine Duchesne lamented in a letter dated September 1823 that the visionary DuBourg "sees everything through rose-colored glasses," which is among the earliest written usages of the phrase to describe optimism when a situation calls for skepticism or doubt.

Valle kindergartner honored for care, compassion shown to injured teacher

Valle Catholic School kindergartner Colton Joseph Lipp was honored with a “Do the Right Thing” for staying with with teacher Donna Herzog when she was slightly injured from a fall in January.

On what she described as "a beautiful, sunny January day," first-grade teacher Donna Herzog headed out to the playground at Valle Catholic Grade School for a routine assignment — to monitor recess.

No biggie, normal stuff ... until she failed to navigate concrete steps from the school to the playground. Looking aside to chat up the students, she missed the last step, twisting her ankle and tumbling to the asphalt.

Ouch.

The kindergarten youngsters quickly gathered around and asked whether she was OK, but ran off to play once she answered in the affirmative.

Students get (and share) the message

Alannah Coady, from St. Francis of Assisi School, created a card of hope for a homeless person during a service project with other Catholic schools on Feb. 27. Eighth-graders from Region 5 Catholic schools gathered at St. Simon the Apostle to celebrate Mass with Bishop Mark Rivituso. After Mass, they did a service project for St. Patrick Center.

His penmanship wasn't perfect, but St. Mark School eighth-grader Christian Newcombe's message was on target — "Never lose hope."

Christian wrote the message on one of the cards accompanying 200 gift bags of hygiene products to be donated to clients of St. Patrick Center, a Catholic Charities of St. Louis agency serving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

New tax law expands education savings plan to include Catholic schools tuition

Editor's note: Updated Feb. 26 with information about Parent Information Sessions on MOST 529 plans presented by the Catholic Education Office and Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation.


Fresh from giving a presentation about the new tax law, on Jan. 15, Deacon Matt Witte described the new benefits of Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (MOST) as, simply, "pretty cool."

"It's really wide-open architecture for anyone who wants to use 529 money for grade school and high school now," said Deacon Witte, a financial planner.

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