Written by Julie Zenz, Principal, St. Mary School, Bloomington
Thursday, May. 05, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
Miss Margie Duwe, a teacher at St. Mary School in Bloomington, is pictured with some of the students she taught at Shijiazhuang No. 40 Middle School in China as part of an exchange program. (Contributed photo)
BLOOMINGTON -- People might forget many things about you, but they rarely forget how you make them feel.
St. Mary School in Bloomington -- located in Grant County in the Diocese of Madison -- has completed our first teaching exchange with Shijiazhuang No. 40 Middle School in China.
St. Mary's teacher Miss Margie Duwe spent four weeks in China teaching science to almost 1,000 students a week, and Mr. Mark Ma, Mr. Peter Cao, and Miss Susan Wang taught science and reading at St. Mary's.
The experience has had a profound effect on both teachers and students, who embraced culture beyond the classrooms.
Since 2012, St. Mary's and Shijiazhuang No. 40 Middle School have been strengthened by an exchange program in which students and teachers live with host families.
JEFFERSON -- Inspired by the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, Margarete Schels' eighth grade class at St. John the Baptist (SJB) Catholic School organized a "Basketball FUNday" in honor of Kena Eighmy, a fifth grade student battling leukemia.
Extended care teacher Katie Warpinski, whose own husband, Josh, is fighting cancer, suggested that the students do something for Kena.
With the guidance of their teacher and school principal, Susan Loof, they planned the all-morning event that offered a variety of activities.