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r 2 The Message D for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ,::{ 1 September Gibault School for Boys: 75 years of helping The following information was provided by Judy G. Buch- holz, Gibault School for Boys, Terre Haute. Gibault School for Boys, which is sponsored by the Indi- ana Knights of Columbus, cele- brates 75 years of helping young boys, Oct. 5. The school has been home to more than 7,000 delinquent, neglected and abused boys since its founding in 1921, when 25 wayward  Catholic boys from what was then the Diocese of Indianapolis were accepted. The school has a current capacity of 147 boys. Seventeen boys from the Diocese of Evans- ville are among the boys of all races and creeds who are accept- ed from every county in Indiana and occasionally from other z states. Joseph T. Theby III of Evans- ville is a member of Gibault's board of trustees, Edward J. Kreilein of Jasper is a trustee emeritus. Knights and other friends of the school are invited to the school grounds on Oct. 5 to cele- brate the seventy-fifth anniver- sary just as 20,000 came for the Oct. 9, 1921 opening of the school. The anniversary celebration, open to the general public, will begin with tours of the school given by students, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program will begin at 3 p.m. with former Gibault stu- dent Mike Ptoff, chief operat- ing officer of Behavioral Health Services, Yuma, Ariz., as the main speaker. Also speaking will be Indiana K of C State Deputy Charles Maurer, Jr.; Gibault Board of Trustee President Eugene Hen- drix, and Gibault Foundation Board President John Holloran. Daniel P. McGinley, Gibault's executive director, also will make comments, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will follow the Eucharist. The boys who come to Gibault are assigned there by the juve- nile court system, the divisions of family and children, or the State Department of Education. They often come from broken homes and dysfunctional fami- lies. They are typically far behind in school and have had their share of trouble with the law or in the classroom. They've stolen; they've robbed; they've run away from home. Getting along with others their own age and especially with authority figures has not been easy. They have few social skills to help them through the day and their self-estdem is battered. Gibault School takes these unfortunate andmisguided young boys and gives them the academic, social and moral guid- ance to return to their home communities and become pro- Holy Cross Hall is the main administration building and also includes school classrooms and residential services staff. H01y Cross Hall was built in 1926 and renovated in 1985. Originally Aierding Hall, Holy Cross was renamed in 1985 to honor the Brothers of Holy Cross who administered the school from 1934 until the early 1980s. People we care about... 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 ben- efit by some extra prayers and attention. Services for Benedictine Father Michael O'Reilly, 65, who died Aug. 27, were held Aug. 31 at Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, S.D. Father O'Reilly was born in Evansville. When he was in his teens, his family moved to Stephan, S.D., where his parents were employed by Immaculate Conception Indi- an Mission. After graduating from high school there, he attended St. Meinrad Minor Seminary.. In 1953, he entered the novitiate at Blue Cloud Abbey, where he was ordained in 1959. During his years of priestly ministry, he served at all four of the missions staffed by Blue Cloud monks. Survivors include his sister, Eileen Porter of Evansville. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. ductive members of society. Boys generally stay about 14 to 18 months at the school. Gibault School' is accredited for grades 5 through 12, and boys attending Gibault can transfer their credits back to their home school when they leave Gibault. Class size is small, usually no more than 10 to 12 in a class- room and much less in the lower levels. The individual attention they get from the 20 teachers is something they particularly need. "Because our boys haven't had much success in their home classrooms," said McGinley, "we try to provide them with fre- quent rewards for success, both academic and attitude, in the classroom." This ranges from S-treat (Gibault's version of the honor roll) every three weeks to ABC's- rewards for positive attitude in the classroom that can be exchanged for items such as puzzles, tapes or posters. In addition to the education program, Gibault School pro- vides individual and group coun- seling. Groups, conducted by 22 social service counselors, deal with such issues as chemical dependency, sexual victimiza- tion, physical abuse, sex offens- es, personal hygiene and family and peer relations. Groups meet from two to four times a week and individual counseling i s at least once a week. Family therapy and parent- ing classes are used to help the family overcome problems of communication and parenting skills. The school operates a transition program that pre- pares students for living on their own by helping them with bud- geting, applying for jobs, inter- viewing, work ethics, grocery shopping and other skills neces- sary for a successful life. A unique aspect of the school is the ISIS unit. ISIS stands for Intensive Sexual Intervention Systems and is the school's pro- gram for sex offenders. Intense counseling and group therapy help the boys overcome their problems. Therapy is based on a moral theme which focuses on the development of remorse, empathy, responsibility, com .... munication and social skills. (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg The ISIS program also includes its own educational component, including class- rooms in the ISIS unit. The ISIS program is one of only a handful in the nation that deals so intensely with juvenile sex offender issues. Tucked away among the trees alongside U. S. Highway 41 south of Terre Haute, the 13 school buildings sit on 50 of the 357 acres owned by the school. The remaining acreage is leased farmland that surrounds the school, making the school seem quiet and tranquil. The immaculately kept grounds and buildings give the boys a sense of pride and belonging. The staff of more than 200 prides itself on being role mod- els to boys who have had few positive role models in their lives. The boys learn that authority figures can be respect- ed and liked. The staff, male and female, play basketball, shoot pool, play euchre ant around" with the boys whose only role mode have been a father in mother who does Lunch time finds staff eating with the there are no "teacher's, tables at Gibault School. ers, counselors and tors sit at the tables boys, helping by exam table manners and tion skills. There are five livin campus ISIS unit). The Cottage unit for the school's boys and houses 12 bo other dormitories divided into two units total of 24 to 30 boys dorm. The ISIS unit capacity of 36 boys in ing sections. A full intramural program rounds out the program. Brian, a student in the transition program at Gibaull enjoys a good book on campus. Students nearly two grade levels while at Gibault. In the program Brian is learning the skills necessary to lead duetive life--skills like filling out job ap geting and saving, grocery shopping, and how to good impression in the job interview. HASENOI00 MOTOR CO. .... ........... ndiana. 326-.2321 6301 S. U.S. Highway 41. P. 0. Box 2316 Terre Haute. IN 47802-0316 Servece to Children 1921-1996 Car00f00the00,00,bled. ab,,sedandneglected children of Southwestern Indiana Sp00,w, ed by the Indiana K fo C