Homeroom: Good Shepherd students connect with school in Thailand

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BY TERRY FLORES
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Students at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Pleasant Prairie have been on a virtual “mission” trip to Thailand all this week, where they have been learning about history, geography, culture and religion with students there.

The experience is one of the highlights of National Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, in which the school at 4311 104th St. is participating, according to teacher and admissions’ director Jennifer Leinss.

The weeklong celebration culminates with Flake Fest at the school on Saturday. More than 2,300 schools are observing and celebrating the week nationwide.

Leinss said the virtual mission is new to students as they experienced what it was like to to attend school in Thailand via video-conferencing. The students interacted in different settings, asking questions and completing work together.

“How awesome that our students will have this opportunity and never even have to leave our school building to do so,” she said.

Good Shepherd students also are raising money for the "Holiday Outreach to Schools" program in Thailand through Lutheran Hour Ministries. The school’s goal is to raise $500 for the special ministry.

African American Read-in

The 24th Annual African-American Read-In begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.

The public is invited to listen to recitals and short selections from the literary works by African-Americans, including poetry, short stories, dramatic readings, songs and other literary works.

Read-In participants include students of all ages, adults, politicians and community leaders, according to Adelene Greene who has helped to coordinate the annual event.

This is free community event is part of the celebration of Black History Month. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. For information call 653-4140.

Enlightening with science

Two Kenosha residents were recently selected as Astellas-NSTA Fellows in the National Science Teachers Association New Science Teacher Academy.

Alison Derifield, a science teacher at Zion-Benton Township High School in Zion, Ill., and Molly McConnell, a science teacher at St. Martin de Porres High School in Waukegan, Ill., were chosen from hundreds of applications from across the country to participate in the association’s yearlong professional development fellowship program.

The were the only two selected from Wisconsin and two of 14 science educators who teach in Illinois. They will receive a comprehensive association membership package, online mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities, including web seminars, according to spokeswoman Kate Falk.

In addition, they will receive financial support to attend and participate in the 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.

Getting active

Lakewood School in Twin Lakes is one of 20 Wisconsin schools that has students who sweated their way to a Radio Disney dance party courtesy of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin.

The Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge is designed to motivate kids and families to achieve fitness together by engaging in fun activities. In order to successfully complete the challenge, students had to be physically active for a minimum of 40 of the 55 days during the event, which ran from Oct. 1 through Nov. 24, 2012.

More than 33,000 kids in 116 elementary schools participated. The 20 schools with the highest percentage of participation in the program won a Radio Disney dance party and new gym equipment valued at $500. The dance party will be at Lakewood in March.

Gold Star of the Week

It goes without saying that acts of kindness are in and of themselves their own reward, but we at Homeroom offer our gold stars to the students and adult volunteers and community leaders all over Kenosha County recognized for such acts and humanitarian deeds during Kindness Week. Well done!

Homeroom is a collection of school news from throughout the county and appears Thursday in the Kenosha News. Email homeroom@kenoshanews.com.

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