Bloomington school exchanges teachers with Chinese school
Written by Julie Zenz, Principal, St. Mary School, Bloomington   
Thursday, May. 05, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
Bloomington Teacher with Chinese Students
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.

Exchange program

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.


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Culinary Creations Catering expands
Written by Laura Green, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, May. 05, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- "Used to be I couldn't boil water, but now I'm a lot better at cooking. Plus I'm the best dishwasher in the United States," said Larry with a laugh, explaining what he likes about his job.

Larry is a member of the Culinary Creations Catering crew, a social enterprise of the Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC).

From homeless to working

Before becoming involved with Culinary Creations Catering, Larry was homeless and struggling to find a job where he could make a living.

Students help a friend through Works of Mercy
Thursday, May. 05, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

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.


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