New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
' Sunday, January 19, 2003 — HERALD-ZfiTltlNG — Page 7A
Sts. Peter, Paul marks Catholic Schools week
By Sean Bowlin
Nearly 50 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, along with thousands of Catholic Schools in the nation, will begin a week long celebration.
It’s Catholic Schools Week — and it recognizes the valuable contribution Catholic schools make to the church, community and country.
Numerous studies point to reason why parents enroll their children in Catholic schools: for a total education which includes growth in religious awareness and an appreciation of morals and values; the superior academic performance of Catholic school students; and for their secure and disciplined learning environments.
One New Braunfels woman said what the education meant to her children and her.
“We’ve had our children attending Sts. Peter and Paul — our oldest has been there for seven years. A Catholic education promotes Christianity and a total different camaraderie among students, and teaches them morals and ethics earlier on and reinforces what we, as parents, teach them every day,” said Debbie Warren.
Warren and her siblings also attended Catholic schools.
“It’s just a wonderful experience,” Warren said. “Aside from having hands-on experience with God
and Jesus every day, they do a lot of other things in the school — they promote Christianity, do a lot of gatherings and come forward as their own community and take care of the needy.”
The important lesson for Catholic-educated children is the one they learn about giving. And Warren said how that lesson’s importance is reinforced.
“It teaches them the rewards you get by giving to the needy people — writing notes for the sick and things. It teaches them to grab themselves deep down inside themselves by the roots and give,” she said.
In New Braunfels this week, Sts. Peter and Paul School will have the following activities:
■ Sunday: 9 a.rn to I p.m. — Open house for parishioners, friends and prospective families.
■ Monday: 9 a.m. — Opening ceremonies; alumni are most welcome.
■ Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to I p.m. — Open house for parents, grandparents and anyone interested in Sts. Peter and Paul School.
■ Wednesday: Relaxed dress ll to 11:45 a.m.; Student Buddy lunch; no homework.
■ Thursday: Pizza lunch for students provided by the PTC; 1:05 p.m. Pep rally
■ Friday: Teacher and staff appreciation, special liturgy: dismissal at I p.m.; faculty luncheon follows, courtesy of the PTC.
The inmates who will begin work Monday clearing brush and debris out of the Dry Comal Creek bed from Solms into New Braunfels are drug offenders who have completed drug rehabilitation programs and nearly their entire sentence, Dixon said.
He said Friday that they are not dangerous — and they are not kept under armed guard as earlier reported because they don’t need to be.
The inmates who participate in the community service program do so as a reward for good behavior, Dixon said.
“Frankly, I live in New Braunfels with my family. If I have to keep a gun over them to feel safe, they wouldn’t work in this program. I don’t want to bring them into my backyard.”
Every inmate who works on the state’s community serv ice program is vetted by the TDCJ and approved to be an outside “trusty.”
Then, Dixon said, they're checked out again.
“I take it a step further and personally review every inmate and every file,” Dixon said.
The crew will remove brush, stumps and debris from a 110-foot wide section of the Dry Comal Creek to its confluence with the Comal River.
The purpose, Scheel said, is an attempt to clear a path to facilitate water flow in a flood event to allow water to drain instead of spread out.
Scheel said he needs permission to work on private property — and he needs it soon, since the crews are in town. He invited any property owner who wishes to attend Monday morning’s press conference and look at the area where the project will begin.
Those who take advantage of the offer will be invited back to see what the area looks like when it is completed, Scheelsaid.
lot of sentiment he put into the mural.”
But in 2002 it was thought that the mural might have to be demolished when the new competition gym was being constructed on the back of the old high school gym.
Arevalo's mother, Yolanda Bradford, called Ron Reaves, the New Braunfels ISD superintendent.
“I assumed they were going to preserve it, but I thought they’d better check on it. But Dr. Reaves said they’d do what they could to preserve it,” Bradford said.
Reeves talked to construction personnel.
Enter Daryl Stoker, director of facilities management for NBISD. He and other supervisors ensured every concrete block making up the mural was taken apart at its mortar joint, numbered and reassembled based on pictures taken. The top portion could not be saved because it was against the concrete beam.
The high school art staff reassembled those pieces and
restored the artwork.
One of those restoring the mural is part-time art teacher Johnny Kolacek, who taught Joe.
“He was just a fantastic student,” Kolacek said Friday as he touched up the section of the mural on the .right of the doors to the new competition gym. “We’re just doing this for Joe and his family.”
“It was really hard, his death,” said Patty Smithers, another one of Arevalo’s art teachers. “He wasn’t the typical teenager. He didn’t party. He didn’t do any of that stuff. And it was almost a year ago his mother called me almost in tears and I told her to talk to Dr. Reaves. And we saved most of it.
“It could have been really easy to knock down all of it He did these unicorns,” Smithers said, pointing at a contest-entry piece of art canvas that had Arevalo’s original design on it. “Everyone was so proud of it. It was really neat. I still get choked up thinking about
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