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April 2012

Serra Club honors altar servers

Nearly 280 altar servers from 57 parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha received medals in March for service to their parishes.

The medals, sponsored by the Serra Club of Omaha, were presented during Masses at St. Rose of Lima Church in Crofton and St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Peter churches, both in Omaha.

Serra International, which promotes and supports religious vocations, has awarded the medals for more than 60 years.

Student wins state geography bee

Jack Nussrallah, a sixth-grader at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha, won the 2012 Nebraska Geographic Bee March 30.

Elise Saniuk, an eighth-grader at St. Cecilia School in Omaha, took 10th place.

The event, held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, drew 100 Nebraska fourth- through eighth-grade students who had top geography bee scores at their schools.

Nussrallah won $100 and will compete in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., May 22-24.

Omaha colleges' service recognized

College of Saint Mary and Creighton University received awards for their service-learning programs March 12 from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The Omaha schools were two of 313 recognized with Honor Roll Awards, and College of Saint Mary received the award with special distinction.

Since 2006, Creighton has received the award five times and College of Saint Mary four times.

Roncalli Catholic to hold dinner

Roncalli Catholic High School will recognize Archbishop George J. Lucas April 14 for his role in the school's 2009 capital campaign.

The Omaha school's Pope John XXIII Award will be given to the archbishop during it's 23rd annual fundraiser.

Jeff Dempsey, president of Roncalli Catholic, said the 2009 campaign, which raised a record $2.75 million, and Archbishop Lucas' leadership, "have been vital to the success of our school."

Reading program unites students

Student athletes at St. Mary High School in O'Neill are teaming up with St. Mary School elementary students through a "Celebrity Reading" program established this year by Jennie Schneider, a librarian for both schools.

Schneider said she started the program to bring the two schools together and she decided to use student athletes because "the younger students really look up to them and would view them as true 'celebrities.'"

Students experience African traditions

Fifth- through eighth-graders at Holy Name School in Omaha got a taste of African culture when an artist from Benin, West Africa, visited Feb. 17-March 21.

Charles Ahovissi's lessons highlighted the history, music, art and dance of Benin. The lessons ended with a student performance of traditional West African music and dance.

The Nebraska Arts Council organized Ahovissi's visit.

CUES Fundraiser helps Omaha school

Christian Urban Education Service (CUES), a nonprofit group organized to help Sacred Heart School in Omaha, held its annual benefit dinner March 24.

More than 600 people attended the event, which included an auction and was titled "Seasons of the Heart." Each year, the benefit raises about 25 percent of the school's budget.

Dinner recognizes teachers, staff

Seven teachers and three other staff members were recognized March 12 for their years of service at Guardian Angels Central Catholic High School in West Point.

The recognition came during the school's annual development dinner, which helped raise money for the school and included performances by the school's speech team.

Students learn about organ donation

Fifth-graders at St. Bernard School in Omaha learned about organ donation Feb. 22 during an interactive presentation by the Nebraska Kidney Association.

The day included a skit that involved one student playing a 26-year-old who needed a kidney transplant asking six other students if they would consider donating their kidneys; in the skit, five of the students refuse.

Knights' baking raises money

Members of St. Leo the Great Knights of Columbus Council No. 10965 recently raised $10,000 over eight weeks baking and selling more than 1,000 loaves of Irish soda bread.

The money will go toward tuition assistance programs at St. Pius X/St. Leo School in Omaha.

Asking only free-will donations, Knights make the bread available after Masses to members of St. Leo the Great Parish and St. Pius X Parish, both in Omaha.

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