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Women religious fill unmet need in Catholic schools: English Tutoring Project helps immigrant, refugee children

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in News |

Women religious fill unmet need in Catholic schools: English Tutoring Project helps immigrant, refugee children

Article from St. Louis Review June 11-17, 2018 by Joseph Kenny First-grader Helen Kim held a card and prepared for her turn in the game of modified Go Fish she was playing with fellow students. She asked if the other had a card with a word that was the antonym of “wide.” Seeing no response, Sister Joan Stoverink, ASC, defined the word “wide” so one of the students at the table could find the opposite. She extended her arms and said that wide “is a tough one; it means ‘spread out.’” Just then, a student sprung to his feet and shouted out the antonym, “narrow.” Four students at St. Stephen Protomartyr School in south St. Louis came together to play the game as part of their participation in the English Tutoring Project, which is completing its 20th year of helping immigrant and refugee students in Catholic schools acquire English language skills. It’s an initiative of the St. Louis Area Women Religious Collaborative Ministries. Helen said that the tutoring helps her with one of her favorite activities, writing. She displayed a story she wrote earlier this school year, “Making a Snowman Friend.” Joseph Thang, a third-grader at St. Stephen who came to America as a refugee at age 1, took part in the program as a kindergartner and first-grader and now is a graduate, having mastered English skills. “I liked game day,” he said with a smile, adding that the program was especially important in helping him understand instructions that were given in his classroom. St. Stephen parishioner Hou Khan Nuam has a kindergartner, David, and first-grader, Michael, in the program. “I appreciate this project,” she said. “They gain confidence, get extra practice and gain the same understanding of English as other students in the class. They also learn about and appreciate a new culture.” Her children learn proper pronunciation, one of the biggest adjustments to make in learning the language, she said. She and her husband speak Zomi, a language originating in northwestern Burma (now Myanmar). The older of her two children in the program was shy at school, but with the confidence he gained from the tutor, he now raises his hand in class and asks questions. Pau Mung, Helen’s father and a member of St. Pius V Parish in south St. Louis, said the family speaks Burmese at home. His daughter now speaks a lot of English and corrects his broken English, he said with a laugh, giving the example of his mispronunciation of the word “apple.” The program allows St. Stephen School to add diversity by serving immigrants and refugees. “We learn about other cultures, their history and that we can all get along in a rich, inclusive environment that makes us better,” said Michel Wendell, principal of St. Stephen. “And it’s great to have a religious sister teaching in our building.” The women religious who founded the program 20 years ago looked for an unmet educational need and focused on students in Catholic schools who...

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Sr. Kathleen Koenen on The Marc Cox Morning Show

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in News |

Sr. Kathleen Koenen recently talked about The English Tutoring Project with Tim Jones on The Marc Cox Morning Show FM News 97.1. CLICK HERE  

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ETP Tutor Participates in Literacy in St. Louis Panel

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in News |

ETP Tutor Participates in Literacy in St. Louis Panel

English Tutoring Projects strives to connect and partner with others who are working for strong community building to assist others in need. As part of this goal, one of our tutors, Sister Joan Stoverink, recently participated in Literacy in St. Louis: A Panel with the Experts. “On behalf of Mortar Board, I wanted to reach out and thank you both again for helping us host a wonderful panel event to kick off our literacy awareness week last evening. Sr. Stoverink, we were all so touched and impressed by all the wisdom and advice you gave us in regards to promoting literacy in our everyday lives, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And Sr. Koenen, thank you so much for connecting us with Sr. Stoverink, as we would not have had the opportunity to have her on the panel without your help. I am so impressed by how much ETP has grown since the first time I met Sr. Koenen, and I have no doubt that it’ll only continue to grow under your leadership. The students are so lucky to have you in their lives.” (Erin Kim, February 12, 2018) Erin Kim (Washington University, Olin School of Business, St. Louis, MO) Member of Team of 5 Students from the School of Business who assisted ETP Feasibility Study through the Taylor Community Grant from Wash U in Spring...

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English Tutoring Project Receives Grant from The Saigh Foundation

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in News |

The English Tutoring Project (ETP) was thrilled to receive a $5,000 grant from The Saigh Foundation to support our mission to provide English language acquisition at no charge to the families or schools served.  ETP, founded in 1998 by 17 congregations of women religious, is currently serving 116 students from 14 countries of origin in eight Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is grateful for the financial support of the community.   The Saigh Foundation was created by Fred. M Saigh to serve as a legacy of the gifts he gave throughout his lifetime to the community of St. Louis. Mr. Saigh was the child of immigrants and we believe that this gift would have greatly pleased him as it enables us to serve children with whom he would have easily identified. Thank you, Mr. Saigh, for your beautiful legacy and thank you to the Saigh Foundation for entrusting us by your...

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English Tutoring Project Receives Grant from Greater St. Louis Book Fair

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in News |

The English Tutoring Project (ETP) was thrilled to receive a $5,000 grant from The Greater St. Louis Book Fair to support our mission to provide English language acquisition at no charge to the families or schools served.  ETP, founded in 1998 by 17 congregations of women religious, is currently serving 116 students from 14 countries of origin in eight Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is grateful for the financial support of the community.   The Greater St Louis Book Fair will be held May 3-6, 2018 at Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park. The Book Fair generates the funding used for grants to promote the importance of reading and literacy and is seeking both shoppers and volunteers. Please call 314-993-1995 to volunteer for the upcoming Book...

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