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March 1, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I II II I 9 L r April McCormick holds a letter she and her teacher, Janice Ballard, received from President George Bush. April is a second grader at Westside Catholic Consolidated Primary School in Evansville. -- Message Photo by Mary Ann Hughes CHANCE OF A LIFETIME We Franciscans need experienced telephone layworkers to circulate our national Catholic Family magazine from home. Published since 1893, St. Anthony Messenger has won numerous awards over the years. We offer generous commissions, monthly bonuses, protected territory. Write me Today! Father Peter c/o The Franciscans 1615 Republic Street Cincinnati, OH 45210 I i i JASPER SER VICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE Buehlers I.G.A. "THE THRIFTY HOUSEWIFE'S SOURCE OF SAVINGS" QUALITY FOODS and MEATS Al=o Hunflngburg and Oakland CIty KREMPP LUMBER CO. 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And one of them are, Why do we have war? And why is there mean people that start war? Why do mean people kill and take people as priseners and beat them up? Why do they (the rilee Heflin, WCCS principal, brought the envelope into the second grade classroom, Ballard remembers. It contain- ed a letter from President Bush, who wrote: "Thank you for your thoughtful message. I was moved by your comments about the actions we have taken, in cooperation with our coalition i Hi nals, beginning with the words: "Dear Journal, The war in the start war? Why do mean people Gulf is sad because..." When Ballard read the jour- nal entries, "one touched me, and others who read it, very deeply." The journal entry was written by April McCormick and Ballard decided to send a copy to President Bush. She wrote a letter to the president explain- ing the assignment, noting "This is not meant to show you our displeasure with the deci- sion to commit the United States to war, rather it is meant to show you that the little peo- ple of our nation are just as con- cerned as we adults are! I hope it touches you as it has us!" She added, "Sir, let me again assure you our school is 100 percent behind you! We are also behind our men and women in the Gulf! Our thoughtsare with you and please know that we are praying for you and the troops!" She enclosed a copy of April's journal entry. Here is the unedited copy that was mailed to the White House: "Dear Journal, The war in the Gulf is sad because all of our soldiers are School " .... Why do we have war? And why is there mean people .that Four HIGHLAND CHAPEL [ Convenient Locations e3oo FIRST AVE. ii ii i in i ili i i i ,, to ever achieve a pe.ffect score." life?" i iii i mean people) want to do this stuff and want people to obey them and take almost everybody to obey them? Why does God give all of these mean people life? I have so many questions. I think you can't answer all of them and here are some more. Why do mean peo- ple start war? Why can't they just stop being mean?." About 10 days after the letter was mailed, an official envelope from the White House arrived at the Westside Con- solidated School office. Mer- iii partners to liberate Kuwait and to restore stability to the Persian Gulf region. "...I am heartened that so many Americans are joining Barbara and me in praying for our brave service men and women and for their families." Ballard said her students were "really excited" to hear from the White House. "April's parents told her not to be upset if she didn't hear back, because the president is really busy. "We are tickled by the reply." Memorial students win By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer Two students from Memorial High School, Evansville, were named to the All-State cast dur- ing the Indiana State Thespian Conference last weekend in South Bend, according to Can- dy Roscoe Memorial teacher. The students are Sherri Beshears and Jill Braddock and they received the nod to the All- State cast following their school's performance of "Steel Magnolias." Only 10 students were named to the All-State cast. Ben Bailey received the All- Conference award for lighting design for Memorial's student production "Wiley and the Hairy Man." David Flick and Erica Engelland received all- conference awards for dramatic duo in acting, Roscoe said, ad- ding that they are the" only two state thespian awards Flick had the role of Wiley in Memorial's production "Wiley and the Hairy Man" and Engelland had the role of Shelby in "Steel Magnolias." Roscoe said Memorial was "the best school there," ad- ding, "the rest were high school plays. We were professional." The school is now waiting to receive a bid for international competition in June. i I American - l National Bank | Bicknell - Sandborn ] Vincennes I Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. I A Full Service Bank CLEARANCE SALE 4 - 24x30x8 ............... $2295.00 1 - 30x32x8 ............... $2895.00 2 - 28x40x8 ............... $2,995.00 Above buildings include t-walk door; 1-overhead. Colors - Brown & Tan Call for other sizes & erecting costs. STEEL ROOFING Galv. $19.95 to $26.95 sq. Primtar painted $23.95 aq. Colors $24,.95 to $35.95 sq. NOTE: Metal listed above sold as seconds. ALSO: Excellent prices on high grade No, 1 Steel. OVERHEAD DOORS Low prices - hundreds in stock. 9 x 7 INSULATED $196.00 DAVIESS COUNTY METAL Hwy. 50 E., Cannelburl 4 Miles E. Montgomery 812-295-4299 _ ........ iii . llii g .......... Please send information for SCHOOL NOTEBOOK to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. The deadline for copy is 9 a.rn. the Friday before publication date. Continued from page 7 Music awards Amy Frey and Erin Smyth,' both students at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County, both placed first in piano solo competition at the University of Evansville. Kiwanis award Brett McDurmon, a senior at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, is the recipient of the 199:1 Kiwanis wrestling award. He is the son of John and Joyce McDurmon of Evansville. kill and take people as priseners and beat them up? .... Why does God give all of these mean people