News Notes – October 24, 2013

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Bilingual classrooms coming to Risen Christ

Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis has been selected to be part of the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools. The program is an innovative school model that delivers the classroom curriculum in two languages: English and a well-represented minority language.

At Risen Christ, classes will mix native English speaking students with classmates who speak Spanish, allowing both groups of students to become bilingual, according to a news release announcing the initiative.

The school is one of only 11 schools across the country accepted into the program. The participating schools will get support from Boston College, Marquette University and other institutions across the nation. Training began last winter with online networking and culminated in June, when the 11 school leadership teams came together with a faculty team for a week-long intensive workshop in Boston.

“We welcome this program that will further the skill set and cultural understanding of our students,” said Helen Dahlman, the school’s president.

ACCW builds on Christmas mission program

The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women is gearing up for its annual Appalachia Christmas Mission.

The organization will again collect new, unwrapped Christmas gifts from Oct. 24 through Nov. 6.

This year there is a new way to give. The Papal Footprints Shoe Box Mission allows schools, faith formation programs and individual families to send a personal gift to a child in need.

The process is easy: Decide if your gift is for a boy or girl, choose an age category — ages 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 — and fill a shoebox with small gifts. Including religious items, personal notes and photographs is encouraged.

There are drop-off sites in Crystal, Faribault and St. Paul, as well as the Hupf Farm near Hampton where a truck will be packed.

The ACCW Appalachia Christmas mission has been providing gifts for children in need at Queen of All Saints Church and Mission in Beattyville, Ky., and St. Francis of Assisi in Pikeville, Ky. for more than 30 years. The two parishes serve more than 600 youth, their families and the elderly.

For more information about these programs, including gift ideas and specific drop-off locations, visit the ACCW website.

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