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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Japanese teacher is embraced by Rockport stu .... By MARY ANN HUGHES - Message staff writer on an island in southern Japan. She was living at home with her family when she de- cided to apply to the Interna- tional Internship Program which links Japanese teachers to American schools. About the same time, Lee Berg, principal at St. Bernard School, Rockport was reading about the program. He passed information on to Father Ed Schnur, St. Bernard pastor, and to school board members. He explained that the only ex- penditure to the school would be picking up the cost of the teacher's lunch every day. The board would also have to find a Twenty-three-year-old Kotoe Kikuchi carries a large Japanese-English dictionary everywhere she goes. She says her English has improved greatly since October, but, with a giggle, she adds that she still can't pronounce the letter R What she can do is offer southwestern Indiana students a glimpse of the Japanese lan- guage and culture, and, of course, Origami. A year ago, Kotoe was a kindergarten teacher in Saga, host family. Soon, St. Bernard parish- ioners, Bill and Nancy Young, agreed to be host parents, and Kotoe was on her way to south- ern Indiana. Since October, she has been working as an intern teacher at St. Bernard's. Through her work with the students, she has found that the younger students enjoy art projects, while the older students are challenged more by the Japanese language lessons. She describes her American students as very inquisitive and very active. "That's very nice, very good. Japanese stu- dents are very quiet." She is even enjoying the American school lunches, ex- plaining that a typical Japanese school lunch might offer rice, soy bean soup and fish. "Very low calorie," she says. Her host family, described by her as "very loving and very kind," prepares many meals with rice for her. "Always, they take care of me," but her American diet, including lots of pizza, has added 30 pounds to her frame. Berg said that he believed the internship program would be a "good experience" for both his faculty and students. Since Kotoe's arrival, he has watched as his students have gained a new understanding of the Japanese culture. "I feel that they have a greater apprecia- tion for people of other cultures now." He has also watched as both students and faculty members patiently help Kotoe communi- cate in her second language. E p Japanese teacher Kotoe Kikuchi is serving teacher at St. Bernard School, Rockport. a break with the kindergarten students at St, -- Message photo She studied English from the time she was in junior high school, but said her language skills were rusty when she ar- rived. She says she still gets frus- trated "always having to trans- late, change, change, change" from English to! back again. Kotoe will until July, Japan. She says to teach in course, to return  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 Hi-Tech Sheet Residential, Industrial & Commercial Installation Sales & Service 422-9242 Operated b . . Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Services for Karen (Holzmeyer) Georges, 42, who died Feb. 10, were held Feb. 12 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. She taught at Holy Cross School, Fort Branch, for 20 years. Survivors include her husband, Rick; two daughters, Ash- lee and Thekla, both at home; a son, Richard Jr., at home, her parents, Kenneth and Theresa Holzmeyer of Fort Branch, three sisters, Brenda Webster and Marilou Velotta, both of Evansville, and Carol Goedde of Philpot, Ky., and six brothers, Keith and Chad, both of Fort Branch, Mark of Warrenton, Eric of St. Wendel, Lloyd of Florissant, Me., and Michael of Salisbury. Prayers are requested for the family of Tony and Donna Kirsch, parishioners at St. Agnes Church, Evansville. Last Sunday, their westside Evansville home was par- tially destroyed by fire. The home also sustained water and smoke damage. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 D I /x,,  FEBRUARY 23, MARCH 1, 8, 15 4:30 P.M. -- 7:00 P.M. HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA Menu: Fried/Baked Fish, Fries, Rice, Slaw, Rolls, Pizza, Drinks, and Desserts $2.00 --$4.00 Vincennes Bicknell Sandbom ..... Monroe Princeton. Patoka Member F.D.I.C. imull MILLER & MILLE Since The Catholic Press: News to Enli#ltell 1 9 9 6