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Christ Community Lutheran School
Raises Funds for Ugandan School Clinic
By Rob Cooksey
May 3, 2013
Kirkwood, MO – On May 3rd, 2013, the students and staff of Christ Community Lutheran School raised funds to support their sister school in Kawete, Uganda, a Lutheran school educating 425 students which was built with funds raised in large part by the Christ Community Lutheran School-St. Louis community in 2009 and 2010.
Students and staff supported “Casual for a Clinic” day by dressing down and bringing a donation for the cause. Christ Community Lutheran School-Uganda is completing a 55-bed dormitory and medical clinic to further serve the needs of the school community.
Students and staff participated in the fundraiser by dressing down and bringing a donation of at least $1. The school raised nearly $1,000 by this effort alone. Christ Community Lutheran School-St. Louis plans to send a check for nearly $20,000 to their sister school at the end of May. Every dollar is donated by family, friends, and staff of Christ Community Lutheran School-St. Louis.
The goal of the ongoing project is to work in service for the survival of God’s children who have the least, bringing to them human resources and Christian education for a better tomorrow.
More information is available by contacting Rob Cooksey at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 314.822.7774.
Middle schoolers’ mission is malaria
Stephanie Roegner and Immanuel Luterhan's sixth grade class
Sixth graders from Immanuel Lutheran School in Perryville, along with their teacher Stephanie Roegner, have been hard at work raising money to purchase mosquito nets for impoverished African villagers in an attempt to prevent the spread of Malaria that claims one million lives annually. For every $10 raised they can provide one net.
Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:31 am
The minds and hearts of the sixth grade class at Immanuel Lutheran School have been focused on families half a world away, and they’ve spent recent seeks raising awareness about one of the world’s most preventable diseases.
Teacher Stephanie Roegner and her students, as part of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), have been holding multiple fundraisers with the intention of providing mosquito nets for African families, which aids in preventing the spread of the life-threatening disease malaria.
“Every 10 dollars we raise can provide one net for a family,” Roegner said. “This was the service project the kids wanted to put their weight behind.”
Malaria is a parasite transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of the disease are similar to flu, and if left untreated, can be fatal. Most bites occur at night while families are sleeping, so studies show the use of a bed nets treated with insecticide may reduce malaria transmission by up to 90 percent.
The LMI is a historic movement of Lutherans in the U.S. working together with other groups to fight malaria in the sub-Saharan Africa, and it is a cause near and dear to Roegner’s heart as well. She spent the first six years of her life living in the bush of Africa, when her family served as missionaries for impoverished villages.
“Every person in my family, except my mother got malaria while we wer,e there,” she said. “Of course we were prepared for it, and had access to medical treatment. So many aren’t so lucky.”
The LMI said Malaria kills nearly one million people every year, mostly pregnant women and children under the age of five.
“This averages out to be 1,440 deaths a day, 60 deaths an hour, or one every 60 seconds,” Roegner said.
Roegner and her class took a door offering at Peace Lutheran Church in O’Fallon where Roegner’s father is a pastor. The church also made a donation to the group as well. They also sponsored two days at Immanuel Lutheran School, asking their classmates to donate a dollar, and dress in orange — the official LMI color.
But the biggest highlight for the children was a dance they hosted in the school gymnasium Saturday night. They invited children grades fifth through eighth to show their support for the LMI by hitting the dance floor.
“We got tons of decorations from Saxony High School, because they hosted a summer-themed dance, and we had lots of snacks and drinks that were donated by families and Gilster Mary-Lee,” Roegner said.
Close to 100 kids from all three local middle schools paid their $5 entry fee, to spend nearly three hours getting down to tunes provided by Christina Paisley.
All proceeds raised went directly to the cause.
Roegner isn’t done collecting for this cause. She’s been training for the Mayfest 5k for several weeks, and she’s asking friends and family to sponsor her run.
“I’m going to wear orange that day to show my support for Malaria relief,” she said. “I will also be at a booth at Mayfest, where we will continue to accept donations. Anything that the community can give will be going to such a great cause.”
Anyone interested in donating for Malaria relief can do so by dropping a check off at Immanuel Lutheran School in Perryville during regular school hours. Checks should be made out to the school, with the memo line stating it is for LMI. Donations will also be accepted at Mayfest, or contact Roegner directly at (573) 547-6161. “We can make a difference in the lives of many,” she said.
Salem Lutheran Teacher Receives Special Education Award
New award recognizes teachers who go "above and beyond" to help students with disabilities
(St. Louis, MO) April 22, 2013 - Kathy Brown, a fourth-grade teacher at Salem Lutheran School in Affton, has received the first-ever "Jeremiah Award" from the St. Louis-based Lutheran Association for Special Education (LASE). The new award honors general education teachers who go "above and beyond" their teaching duties to meet the unique education needs of students in their classroom, especially students with disabilities.
Lori Christiansen, LASE's Executive Director, presented the award to Kathy during a special ceremony (April 17, 2013) attended by Salem's students and staff. Christianson praised Kathy for achieving excellence in inspiring students to become lifelong learners, for her collaborative efforts with LASE special education teachers, and for giving her students "hope and a future.”
Salem Lutheran School is located at 5025 Lakewood Ave., in Affton. For more information, contact Rob Kellar, Principal, at 314-353-9242, or visit www.slcas.org.
The Lutheran Association for Special Education (LASE) is an educational service agency that partners with Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area to meet the educational needs of children with disabilities and special needs. LASE is located at 3558 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118. For more information, contact Lori Christiansen, Executive Director, at 314-268-1234, or visit www.lutheranspecialed.org.
Salem Lutheran and LASE are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), www.lesastl.org
Trinity leader earns ‘light of Christ’ award
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 10:00 pm
Trinity leader earns ‘light of Christ’ award By HILARY MATHESON/The Daily Inter Lake Daily Inter Lake | 1 comment
In more ways than one, Trinity Lutheran School Principal David Topp has been a ray of Christ’s light to several staff and community members.
He was recently honored with Concordia University’s Lux Christi award, which translates from Latin as “light of Christ.”
Concordia University in Portland, Ore., annually recognizes an outstanding Lutheran teacher or principal who has at least 10 years of experience. Nominations are obtained from Lutheran Church Missouri Synod districts across the Northwest including California, Hawaii, Nevada and Montana.
Candidates are evaluated on their creativity, leadership, consistency, rapport with peers and students, mentoring abilities and how they exemplify a Christian lifestyle.
Topp learned that he was nominated the day he was presented with the award from a Concordia representative during a schoolwide Trinity Lutheran School worship service.
“I was just really caught off guard — very surprised,” Topp said.
He said it was humbling that others could see Christ working in him.
“I’m just as fallible and have just as many shortcomings” as others, Topp said.
Topp has been at Trinity Lutheran for 13 years. He began his career there as a fourth-grade teacher and became principal more than a year ago. Prior to arriving at Trinity, he taught in a Lutheran school in Utah.
Before he earned his teaching certificate, Topp was a grocery manager at Rosauers and also was a coach. Through coaching, Topp discovered his heart was in education. With encouragement from his wife, he pursued teaching.
Having opportunities to help students grow in their faith was important to Topp, along with the ability to share the gospel with colleagues and staff, which is why he taught at Lutheran schools.
“When the opportunity presents itself, I want to be able to share the gospel with kids,” Topp said.
Topp also didn’t want to have to separate his faith from his career once he walked inside a school.
“Our faith is so intertwined with who we are and what we do, to separate it we would missing a part of who we could be,” Topp said.
Trinity fifth-grade teacher Kristin McCauley nominated Topp and gathered supporting letters of recommendation.
“David has gone from being a teacher, mentor and coach to a dedicated principal,” McCauley said. “He has strived to improve the way we proclaim the gospel to our students, to our families and our community. He has great enthusiasm and devotion to keep the doors at Trinity Lutheran open to all those who want a faith-based education.”
McCauley said she received an email about the Lux Christi award and immediately thought Topp was a good candidate.
“I think no one else at this point deserved it more than David. He serves without concern for attention or applause from anyone else. He is here just to serve,” McCauley said.
Lutheran North Announces New Athletic Director
(St. Louis, MO) April 18, 2013 - Lutheran High School North is pleased to announce Mr. Jonathan Mueller as its new Athletic Director. Mr. Mueller will replace Mr. Mike Russell, who is retiring after 41 years of dedication and service to Lutheran North.
Mr. Mueller is a 2003 graduate of Lutheran North, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He earned a BS in Secondary Education, with emphases in business and physical education from Concordia University in Seward, NE in 2007. After teaching at Seward High School and Lutheran High School in New Orleans, Mr. Mueller joined the staff at Lutheran North in 2011. Besides teaching business classes, he is currently Varsity Football Offensive Coordinator, Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, and Business Department Chair. He and his wife, Jamie, have a 1-year-old son.
Lutheran North’s Principal, Mr. Tim Brackman, stated, “Jon is a Christ-centered servant who has spent much of his life in and around Lutheran North. He has already demonstrated both the aptitude and the desire to be very successful as our next Athletic Director. We are blessed to have him!”
Current AD, Mike Russell, is pleased with the choice. “Jon is highly qualified to run Lutheran North's Athletic Program. He loves sports, is very energetic, very bright, tech savvy, and knows what it takes to field successful sports teams. Jon grew up around Lutheran North, attended Lutheran North and a Lutheran University. He has a clear understanding of our school and our mission to prepare young men and ladies for further education and Christian service.”
Mr. Mueller believes that athletics can play a great role in the overall development and maturation of young people. “From personal experience, I know that many of the life lessons I learned and many of the traits and habits necessary for success, I developed on the athletic field under the watch of my coaches in high school. I am excited to have the opportunity to help aid in this development in our student athletes and carry on the rich tradition of Crusader athletics.”
Mr. Mueller will be only the third AD in Lutheran North history (est. 1964), following Mr. Wayne Vogelsmeier and Mr. Mike Russell. It is hoped that his tenure is as long and as successful as that of his predecessors.
Lutheran High School North is a diverse educational community whose unity is in Jesus Christ. We exist to nurture young Christians for further education and Christian service. Our campus is located at 5401 Lucas & Hunt Rd. For more information on our mission and programs, www.lhsn.org.