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‘Dreamer’ pleased by support from his parish, friends

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As a "Dreamer," Eric Reyes doesn't feel as if he's alone because of the support he's received. It comes from groups ranging from young teens to older adults, he said, and is "a great feeling that people don't despise me or don't feel threatened by us. They support the cause, for us being here and fighting for legalization and our right to be here."

"Dreamers" were brought to the United States as children without documentation and were afforded temporary protection under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which now is facing elimination unless Congress acts.

Archdiocesan news briefs

Tutoring grant

The Saigh Foundation recently presented the English Tutoring Project (ETP) with a $5,000 grant for its mission to provide English language skills for children at no charge to the families or schools served. ETP, founded in 1998 by 17 congregations of women religious, serves 116 students from 14 countries of origin in eight Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The foundation was created by Fred M. Saigh to serve as a legacy of the gifts he gave throughout his lifetime to the community of St. Louis. Saigh was the child of immigrants.

Cures without cloning

illustration of a stem cell

Father Tad Pacholczyk is convinced that embryonic stem cells will someday cure diseases.

"I often say to people the day is coming when you're going to open the New York Times, and above the fold, it's going to say, 'Embryos cure Parkinson's,' or 'Embryos cure diabetes,'" he said.

Baskets of smiles

William Gnade, a second-grader at Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe, looked for items to place into an Alleluia Basket. This year, 3,000 baskets will be given to children in need, with more than 600 volunteers helping pack the baskets.

Olivia Boettcher carefully picked out items for an Easter basket: two small stuffed animals, a Hello Kitty coloring book, crayons, a Julius Jr. First Step to Reading book, bubbles, a puzzle with a scene from the movie "Frozen," Play-Doh and lip gloss.

"It's really fun to do this, and I think it's nice to give stuff to other people who need it," said Olivia, a second-grader at the school.

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.

City board of aldermen step closer to buffer zone bill

Two Missouri lawmakers have filed legislation that would pre-empt local governments from enacting laws restricting a person's First Amendment rights.

Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) has filed HB 2589, which says that "no city, town or village shall pass or enforce any law, ordinance or resolution that restricts a person from exercising a right enumerated in Amendment 1 of the Constitution of the United States while such a person is on a public sidewalk, street, avenue, alley, or other public place unless state law authorizes such a restriction."

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