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I ne IVlessagl  liar dlL|IUIIU UI uUtllWltu! |1 illUldlll Orney Wilfred C. Bussing III gave the t the Teacher of the Year banquet May 1. Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes speaker lauds Catholic school teachers he Baptist School, New- song Let There Be Peace on photo by Mary Ann Hughes Funeral Home I . Vine Street, Haubtadt, IN . 768-6151 Call at)out pre-need counseling. :le Alan J. Wade AUTO TOPS, SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER  ilrmacy }livery ;freer 1) tratrnan Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Bob and Norma Duncan Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W Franklin St 425-4364 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 harmacy lecialists L OUch Ave. ,rl .1, Prop 14 2 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Wilfred C. Bussing III, an Evansville attorney, opened his keynote address at the Teacher of the Year banquet with memories of his own first grade teacher, Sister Amata Alvey. "She probably exerted more influence on me than anyone other than my parents." Buss- ing said he was reminded of his first grade teacher when he read the results of a school sur- vey in which teachers, in the 1940s, identified their seven biggest problems. They listed students talking out of turn, chewing gum, making noise, running in the hall, cutting in line, dress code infi'actions and littering. Fifty years later, teachers listed their seven biggest problems as drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery and as- sault. Noehst John Updike at- tributes this teenage propen- sity toward violence to 'the wrathful indifference of young people to whom society offers little but eventual shelter within the world's biggest penal system.' The young, he says, 'reared on seven daily hours of television-watching, are simply less educable, as slumping SAT scores show.'" These problems are linked to the larger problem of "rekin- dling our uniquely American heritage of social cohesion." Bvssing said he "knows of no better way of reclaiming our core values than through strong Catholic schools, rooted and committed to aca- demic excellence." He added, "Catholic schools do work. Study after study has shown stellar academic re- suits -- usually for a lot less money: higher SAT scores, lower dropout rates, a much larger per- centage of students going to col- lege. "The Brookings Institute has even found that Catholic high school seniors are more than one full year ahead of their public school counterparts." The Mater Dei during the Teacher of the Year reception' -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes But the true strength of Catholic schools "defies num- bers. You can't measure char- acter. You can't measure hon- esty. You can't measure integrity. But you know when there're there -- and when they're not. And it's in this spiritual dimension that Catholic schools really excel." Bussing lauded the teachers in attendance at the Teacher of the Year banquet, noting, "We are blessed with teachers like you, who are not just skillful instructors, but also exemplary role models. "Everything you do, every- thing you say, serves as exam- ple. And long after your stu- dents have mastered geometry and chemistry and English, long after they have estab- lished families and careers of their own, a little part of you will remain in each of them, just as a little part of Sister Amata remains in me." Mothers, babies find they have much to celebrate on Mothers' Day Good Counsel runs out of its Bronx home. Through Exodus, Good Counsel offers its resi- dents support alter they leave the homes. How long the morns and ba- bies at the Good Counsel homes can stay is open ended, but the time ranges from six months to more than a year. The formerly homeless ba- bies receive love and comfort. About half the single mothers usually have another child, and that child, who often has seen the mother being abused, receives love, smiles and coun- seling. While living at Good Counsel, the young mothers decide be- tween going to school or work- ing and help themselves to be- come independent through schooling, job training, emo- tional counseling and career counseling combined with train- ing in.independent living. Miss Reynolds, for example, worked 250 hours to earn state certification as a personal health care aide and has con- tinued to work. The mothers then can decide whether to join the new Exo- dus Program that gives them continuous help for an addi- tional 18 months after the women and babies leave the homes. The director of Exodus, San- da Jones, said that belbre the program was started the moth- ers knew "they could always come back, even if it were just for a meal or a chat.." But then Good Counsel staff found that "one of the main reasons the young women may fail is they feel inadequate ex- pressing themselves or going after what they need," Ms. Jones added. "Often Exodus help is as simple as saying, 'Yes, you're going in the mght direction." That's all many mothers need." NEW YORK (CNS) Thirty-eight single morns from New York and their 49 babies and toddlers have a lot to cele- brate this Mother's Day. Because of a new program offered by Good Counsel, these single mothers and their chil- dren have moved from home- lessness to a life of self-suffi- cien'cy. Good Counsel is a nonprofit corporation, founded by a Catholic, that runs four group homes for unwed moth- ers. "When I celebrate Mother's Day with nay daughter . . . I will feel like I'm ready for the world," said 20-year-old Jessica Reynolds, which is not her real name. She has a 16-month-old daughter. "I mean it's hard but I pray to God all the time and know I can do it. I have a lot of people who believe in me," she added. She has been involved in a program called Exodus, which