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Post date: 01/04/2019
At St. Francis School in Humphrey, something was missing in the school’s accelerated reading (AR) program – variety. So Stacie Baumgart, AR coordinator, came up with a solution. She developed the “passport” program, which encouraged reading program participants in grades one through seven to select works from a variety of literary genres. After...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Kindergarteners AvaLynn Swassing, left, and Ava McKamy, and fifth-grader Sophia Savoie at St. Pius X/St. Leo School in Omaha look at pulseras (bracelets) made by artists in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The items were offered for sale during a pop-up store sponsored by the school’s student council. Students purchased 560 bracelets and four small bags...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Matthews Children’s Foundations, a nonprofit affiliated with Matthews-Aurora Funeral Solutions and Matthews Cemetery Products of Pittsburgh, is accepting grant applications through Dec. 31 for local children’s charities throughout the country. Participating local funeral homes and cemeteries, such as John A. Gentleman Mortuaries in Omaha, sponsor...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Spirit Catholic Radio is helping needy people in the archdiocese stay warm this winter through its Warm Up Winter clothes drive. Through Dec. 28, the station is collecting new coats, boots, hats, gloves, mittens and socks for adults and children. Items will be distributed throughout the archdiocese in Omaha, West Point, Hartington and Norfolk by...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha raised about $17,000 during its first annual Taste of Pride wine-tasting fundraiser Dec. 7. More than 230 guests paid $45 each to attend the event to raise money for the school’s annual fund, which provides scholarships and helps pay teachers’ salaries. It also supports educational initiatives like the...
Post date: 12/21/2018
St. Francis High School in Humphrey won the Nebraska School Activities Association’s Class D1 state play production championship for its performance of “No Loose Ends.” Twelfth-grader Kelly Zach was named outstanding male performer. The competition was held Dec. 5 at Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk.  The play, directed by teachers Michael...
Post date: 12/21/2018
A building that was once home to a well-known World War I pilot was purchased by St. Barnabas Parish in Omaha, which it will use as its parish house and rectory beginning Jan. 1. The Offutt-Yost house, and more recently, former Cornerstone Mansion bed and breakfast, was the home of Lt. Jarvis Offutt, the first Nebraska pilot to die in WWI and the...

Visiting the U.S./Mexico border as part of an immersion experience Nov 12-16 are, from left: Mercy Sister Mary Bilderback, Kristofer Czerwiec, Kasturi Das Gupta, Karen Sullivan, Maureen Falcon, Mercy Sister Kathy Thill, Bryan Hangar, Mercy Sister Mary Miner, Father Bob Mosher, Mercy Sister Kathleen Erickson, Mike Poulin, Servant of Mary Sister Valeria Lewandoski and Jean Stokan.
Post date: 12/06/2018
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – West-Midwest community sponsored an immersion experience for several sisters and lay people to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and learn about the situation facing migrants seeking asylum or entry into this country. Thirteen people made the Nov. 12-16 trip. They were hosted at the Columban  Mission Center in El...

Pope John XXIII Central High School students Onesa Rodriguez, left, and Jamie Dozler select items for gift boxes during the annual Operation Christmas Child packing party Nov. 15 at the school in Elgin. A total of 58 shoebox gifts were assembled including shoes, school supplies, toys and personal items donated by Deb Trease, a member of St. Theresa of Avila Parish in Clearwater, and Pope John students and families. The shoebox gifts will be distributed to children around the world by an international aid organization.
Post date: 12/06/2018

Kindergartner Simon Borer draws pictures with his grandmother, Dee Hart, on Grandparents Day at St. Boniface School in Elgin on Nov. 14. A record turnout of nearly 100 grandparents went to morning Mass, attended class and ate lunch with their grandchildren.
Post date: 12/06/2018


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