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December 25, 1987

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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 25, 1987 IIII Father Kuper speaks at ber Breakfast By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor A capacity crowd heard from three education officials at the Chamber Breakfast, sponsored by the Small Business Develop- ment Center/EASIE, Dec. 16. Father Raymond L. Kuper, Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Evansville, told the audience "private schools add diversity and enrichment to the environ- ment." He also said the Catholic church in America had not been given recognition for its accomplishment -- the education of millions of im- migrants who became valuable contributors to American society. In commenting about the new Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress (ISTEP}, Father Kuper said, "I'm not so sure ISTEP is always in our best interest." All Catholic schools in the diocese are accredited by the State of Indiana, and all students are participating in the statewide testing program, but state plans for implementation This week's front cover photo... For the cover of this Christmas issue of the Message, Production Manager Phil Boger photgraphed a stained glass representation of the birth of Jesus, at Mary, Help of Christians Church, Mariah Hill. Judges choose grand prize coloring champs Judges have chosen three grand prize winners for The Message fourth annual Christmas coloring contest. Grand prize winner in the kindergarten division is Ryan Hurst, age six, from Franklin School, Vincennes. He is a member of Sacred Heart Church. Vincennes. Grand prize winner in the first and second grade division is Amanda Egen, age eight, from St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh. Grand prize winner in the third and fourth grade division is Kristi Niemeier, age eight, from Resurrection School, Evansville. " The grand prize winners were chosen from the weekly winners of the coloring contest, and they will each receive a $25 gift certificate from G.D. Ritzy's. Other businesses which donated prizes throughout the three weeks of the contest were Showbiz Pizza Place, Baskin- Robbins Ice Cream and Stephen Libs Candy Company. The Message thanks all of these sponsors for their support and generous donations. The Message also thanks the thousands of school children throughout the Diocese of Evansville who took the time and effort to enter the coloring contest. Your artwork has decorated the walls of our office and brought joy to many. Thanks for your participation! remain uncertain. Father Kuper also told the au- dience that another significant development in Catholic educa- tion was the plan to provide equal pay for lay teachers and women religious. Also speaking at the Chamber Breakfast were Dr. Philip W. Schoffstall, superintendent of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation, and Dr. James S. Vinson, presi- dent of the University of Evansville. Dr. Schoffstall said public schools are "in the best condi- tion in the history of the na- tion," and that educational ac- complishments in the United States should be viewed in perspective. No other country has ever accomplished as much, in trying to provide education for everyone. Dr. Schoffstall also said there were long-range and short-term responses to the current developments in the educa- tional system. Among the short range responses he listed efforts at remediation and adding days to the school calendar. More importantly, he said he believ- ed, is a long-range response, which must re-capture "freedom, initiative, and ex- ploration." What we need, he said, is a system which will focus on individual responsibility. Dr. Vinson also spoke of American mass education as "phenomenally successful." The crowd responded warmly to a statement from him that SAT testing really does discriminate -- "against those who do not work hard and who do not read a lot." Dr. Vinson used as an exam- ple the achievement of many "boat people" from Vietnam and other countries, who learn- ed English and excelled in school and business. He says such examples show what will happen when students grow up in families who value and insist on hard work. "The heart of achievement will always be the family," he said. A' Holiday ' hours set for the Catholic( , + according to Vicar l Ktmpp, Offices will: Fridayi ..... The Media lay or : .ays, :+( There will beno issue of the Message next week; : . i i January i, New Year's Day. Newspaper offices I1 be open for business as usual January 4, The next issue II bear : the publication date, January 8, 1988,  I I I I I RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY i J JASPER ] [4a=.1=oo,I F--' Wishing You The Best This Christmas Season KIMBALL INTERNATIONAL 1600 Royal Street P.O. Box 460 Jasper, Indiana I I .... + .... l ........ 1 ...... ! I [ A fireplace for Santa and a warm, new hem for you... DEVONSHi.00 E - -k.IARDEN- 1 & 2 BDRM. GARDENS ' 2 BDRM TOWNHOUSES - 815 ERIE AVENUE * 473-6070 Quality Management By Regency Management Service, Inc. I I fH Father Raymond L. Kuper, Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Evansville, addresses a breakfast gathering at the Con. vention Center in Evansville. Father Kuper was one of three education officials asked to address the Chamber Breakfast, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center/EASIE. -- Message Photo by Paul Leingang Built in 1825 for Noon Day Stage Coach Stop & Trading Post OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN INDIANA 12 MILES NORTH OF EVANSVILLE 1 MILE EAST OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD OLDEST ORIGINAL LOG INN Dine in the Original Log Room that Abraham Lincoln was in -in November 1844 DINNERS SERVED by Aid Carte Menu or FAMILY STYLE for 4 or More Draught Beer - Wine - Cocktails DINING ROOM SEATING 500 Serving Dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday Evansville Telephone 867-3216 GENE and RITA ELPERS, Proprietors