Editorial | Catholic education from 1818 to now: Building on strong foundation brings rewards

The history of formal Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis dates to 1818. Bishop Louis DuBourg of the Louisiana Territory established a seminary in Perryville and the first Catholic school in St. Louis. He invited the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Vincentians and the Jesuits to become a part of this community.

New principals and presidents

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The following is a list of new administrators (principals and presidents) of Catholic high and grade schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Chaminade, SLUH join forces to raise funds for relief efforts

St. Louis University High Schoool junior, John Burke and Chaminade Preparatory senior, Griffin Jasin, were part of the team of students collecting money for the flood victims in Louisiana and the earthquake victims in Italy. St. Louis University High School lost their football match 30-28 against Chaminade Preparatory.  Both sides played a strong offensive game.

Carrying an oversized jar half full of donated cash, Chaminade College Preparatory's John Yeager was happy to be socializing at a school event and simultaneously raising money to help people in need of support

Six Chaminade students volunteered with six students from St. Louis University High School to collect money for flood victims in Louisiana and earthquake victims in Italy. The big crowd at Chaminade's first home football game of the season generously contributed $1,340.

Cup of Joe: Where the coffee is strong and so are the women

Students at St. Joseph Academy cut a ribbon Friday as they opened a coffee shop called "Cup of Joe". The students will be part of the Future Business Leaders of America club to further propel their business education and hands-on experiences.  Once profits are realized, the girls will make donations to Respect Life, St. Joe Scholarships, and other various organizations, according to the school.

St. Joseph's Academy's describes its new coffee bar as a place where "the coffee is strong and so are the women."

Cup of Joe opened Aug. 26 with a ribbon cutting, complete with oversized scissors, balloons, and a live stream of the event. The volume of student cheers rose with the rolling concession window, revealing a full coffee bar and a small gathering space. The coffee bar is open to students and visitors before and after school, and has Kaldi's Coffee products, including hot and cold brews, espresso, lattes, smoothies and frappes.

Donation will boost STEM education at Marian Middle

Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, Vice Principal and 5th Grade Teacher at Marian Middle School in south St. Louis.  She taught a religion class on the Acts of the Apostles and answered a questions from Carly Rae Lewis.

The lab for high-tech STEM instruction at Marian Middle School has a low-tech feel about it.

For example, the basement classroom has standard-issue tables, worn ones at that, instead of chemical-resistant lab tables. And the room's single electrical outlet — yes, just one — inconveniently sets above the old-school chalkboard, at about the 7-foot mark.

"You have to stand on a chair to get access to it," principal Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, said.

As for storage, there's none, unless the four corners count.

Volunteering with Honor Flight is highlight for DB student

Wil Heimberger dressed as a World War II-era soldier at a recent Honor Flight homecoming in front of a display with memorabilia he brought. The Bishop DuBourg High School student volunteers with the Honor Flight organization.

Bishop DuBourg High School has an authority on an important era in U.S. history — World War II — although Wil Heimberger isn't a teacher or a visitor from that era.

Heimberger is a student who's taken his interest beyond a hobby to volunteer at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services' Mother of Perpetual Help assisted living and the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

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