A supplementary reading program at St. Joan of Arc School in South St. Louis is showing promising results.
The school is in a pilot program for Reading Plus, a software or Internet-based program for reading improvement and assessment which helps struggling readers as well as average and advanced readers become even more proficient.
In January 2009, Isaac's school became the first in the area to begin participating in St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, a program that uses ballroom dancing lessons to aid fifth-graders' social development.
From Jan. 24-30, we are celebrating the 37th annual Catholic Schools Week. This is a week earlier than the national celebration because of a schedule conflict that I could not change. Local parish and school celebrations may be held the week of Jan. 31.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson cited the need to join hands in solidarity with the Church of Haiti as he delivered a homily during a Mass Jan. 14 for the victims of the earthquake there two days earlier.
"We come together this morning to mourn the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti ravaged by an earthquake of enormous proportions that has left tens of thousands dead and survivors waiting for the response of the world as they struggle for even the basics of life," Archbishop Carlson noted.
There is hope in spite of the suffering in Haiti since an earthquake hit there Jan. 12, several people with ties to the Caribbean nation said.
Sister Limeteze Pierre-Gilles, a novice at the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse in Lemay, tried to hold her emotions in check when telling of aunts, cousins and friends she has not heard from since the quake. "I don't know if they're still alive or not."