St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater has received a $20,000 grant from Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum.
The money will be used to help implement the PLTW engineering curriculum, including materials and equipment for the hands-on, project-based classes that are trademarks of the PLTW curriculum.
According to PLTW, St. Croix Catholic is the first Catholic school in the state to assume its curriculum. Beginning in the next school year, it will offer PLTW’s Gateway to Technology program, which will introduce middle-schoolers to engineering, robotics, computer modeling and energy.
BSM online paper wins national award
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park has won its fourth consecutive Online Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association. The school’s online newspaper, the Knight Errant, received the award at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle April 15.
This award acknowledges excellence in high school journalism and is known by many as the “Pulitzer prize for student journalism.”
The editor of the Knight Errant is BSM senior Emma Eldred. According to Knight Errant adviser Jason Wallestad, the award is “a testament to her and the staff. That’s the part I’m most proud of.”
UST gets challenge gift for campaign
The University of St. Thomas received a boost to its Opening Doors capital campaign in the form of a $20 million challenge gift from members of its board of trustees.
The $20 million fund will match all levels of gifts received through the end of the Opening Doors campaign on Oct. 17, or until the fund is exhausted.
“With just months to go in our campaign, this challenge grant could not have come at a better time,” said Father Dennis Dease, UST president. Gifts and pledges currently total more than $445 million.
Parish team, deacon honored for service
The Lumen Christi (St. Paul) Social Justice Team was named Honorable Mention in the Catholic Charities USA 2012 National Volunteer of the Year Award. Also earning Honorable Mention honors was Deacon Russell Kocemba, who currently serves as a deacon at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul.
The Lumen Christi parish team has done a number of social justice initiatives aimed at helping members of the parish be true to its namesake, the “light of Christ.” For more information, visit the Lumen Christi justice webpage.
Deacon Kocemba does volunteer work with Hope Street for Runaway and Homeless Youth. He visits the shelter weekly to help build relationships with the youth there. He also helps them find employment by assisting with resume writing and other job-searching tasks.
BVMs name Hadro as new president
A person with local ties has been named president of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at its recent Senate of Elections in Dubuque.
Sister Teri Hadro, who entered the order from St. Luke in St. Paul (now called St. Thomas More) in 1965, previously served as vice president since 2008. She graduated from Our Lady of Peace High School and studied at the University of Minnesota.