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I IIIIII I I III DISCOVER CAT00IOLIC SCHOOLS I I II III I I I I Rebecca Hicks reads to Alex Smith and Ryan Berger reads to Melanie Browning. Sixth graders interviewed first raders, then wrote a ook about them. St. Benedict Principal: 'sense of caring for each child' By PAUL R. LEINGANG , Message Editor ' Values, high expectations, like finding a home -- these are some of the words parents use to describe St. Benedict School. Parents comments were recently collected for a hrochure. "We value the emphasis that St. Bene- dict's places on responsibility, discipline, and Christian values," said Mike and Molly Zimmer. "We believe in connecting our children with the rich Catholic tradition of high expecta- tions for educa- lionel success, coupled: with a sound foundation of Christian morality," com- mented Dan and Maureen Hayden. "We have 4 moved our chil- dren though sev- eral school sys- tems," said Frank and Pauline Amodio, "Being at St. Benedict's has ii!;i: Philosophy St. Benedict School, a Catholic elementary school (Grades K-8), i' staffed by fiaculty members who altempt to uphold and instill the princi .... pies of Christian education. Within this context, the staff recognizes its re: sponsibility to provide an atmosphere of Christian community in which the whole person may grow in body, mind, and spirit; it has an obligati  to promote the intellectual and social growth of each child in order that B may become a mature and responsible member of society. been like finding a Seventh graders Jason Watson, Amy Dempsey, Katie Mar- home, Our chit- tin, Arthur Butler, Kristy Williams and Mary Engelland dren are academi- study the environment and how fish might adapt to . lly challenged, changes in the future. t are also on- . couraged to develop as unique individuals in a caring and supportive environ- ment." "Caring" is the word Principal Theresa Schroeder uses. There is "a strong si ase6f Cariig for each child at St, Ben s, she said. Parents want their children to get an education, and they want their children to have sports and other extra-curricular activities, the principal continued. Be- neath all of their reasons, she is convinced, parents "really want you to care about Jessica Brown, Karie Shetler, Manaway, Daniel Dempsey stand before paper chains, in SL Benedict small classroom numbers. Parents may choose all day or half day Kindergarten for their children. After school care is available from 3 to 6 p.m. Facilities include a library in each building, an art and a science room, music rooms for private instruction, a large cafeteria, an auditorium with seating for 700. and a hardwood floor gymnasium with a seating capacity of 600. A large screen TV in an old school basement room allows two or three classes to watch a special program together. The strengths of the school include a nmlti-cultural student body and a stable teaching staff, according to the principal. Students of white, black, Hispanic and Asian origin come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, according to Schroeder. Four teachers have taught at St. Benedict for 25 years or more. One of them, Doris Daniel, has been at St. Benedict for more than 30 years. The principal is pleased with the religious life of the school. Students attend Mass weekly. They pray the rosary during October and May, and make the Stations of the Cross dur- ing Lent. There is also a prayer group for students and teachers who want to come, every Wednesday after school. Schroeder be- lieves students also have a good sense of the importance of helping others. Some students tutor other stu- dents, during study hails, at the end of class, and even coming in at 7 a.m. before school starts -- all on a voluntary basis, The school is across the street from St. John's Home, run by the Little Sisters of the their kids. And we really do." School staff includes 17 full time teachers  many with masters degrees and one full time aid, one administrator, one full time secretary and one part time secretary. A counselor is available one day Students in grades 4-8 use the' Old School which was built in 1914. Kindergarten and primary ,rades use the "NoV School which was built in 1953. St. Benedict School was established by the Sisters of St. Benedict from Ferdinand in 1913  one year after B monks from St. Meinrad founded the parish. The new school was built at a time of overflowing enrollment --well over 1,000 in the mid-1950s, i   Today, There are two classrooms of each grade, with relatively ....  Kindergarten pupils Jacob Bivens, Adam Tiffany Parker enjoy the mural in the proclaims, "There are two lasting gifts children. One is Roots and the other is Wings."