SAN BERNARDINO—Where else can you get a photo opportunity with George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Abraham Lincoln among other illustrious presidents, or First Ladies Jaqueline Kennedy, Louisa Adams and Martha Jefferson?  Only at Our Lady of the Assumption School in San Bernardino.

 OLA’s second grade class, under the expert guidance of teacher/tour director Jennifer Houghton, presented to parents and students a Presidents Day rendition of past leaders of our country.  Students prepared a brief presentation for peers and parents and dressed as their president of choice.  Mrs. Houghton also encouraged students to dress as presidents’ wives, if they so chose, as the ultimate influencers of their time.  The students researched their chosen personality, dressed in clothes appropriate for their character, and filled the room with presidential knowledge.  

 “The second graders really got into the personalities of their people,”  Mrs. Houghton remarked, noting the excitement of the students. “Dressing the part made it come alive for them.”  

 The second graders gave their presentations several times throughout the day.  

 “I like having a day off,” remarked Marley, donning Jaqueline Kennedy’s signature pill box hat as part of her costume, “but showing all the big kids how we’re the presidents is great, too.”

sha_muralBy Natalie Romano

REDLANDS—Imagine jumping into a playpen full of colorful balls. That’s what artist Cris Olmos wants you to feel when gazing upon his new mural at Sacred Heart Academy in Redlands. On February 25th, the piece was officially unveiled and blessed by Father Erik Esparza, JCL.

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uccc_conferenceBy Lynne De La Torre

RIVERSIDE—Over 200 young adults gathered at the University of California, Riverside Feb. 15-18 for the seventh annual University Catholic Conference of California (UCCC) retreat, titled, “Come & See.” 

 The student-run Catholic Conference is open to all college students and alumni across California. The conference strives to form missionary disciples, witnesses within their communities and campuses. 

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j_eisenbach The Holocaust would seem to many junior high students to be a lesson learned in history books, a horrific tale from the past.

 But for about 600 Catholic school students in the Diocese it came vividly to life when they listened to the story firsthand from survivor Jacob Eisenbach on January 29. The 95-year-old retired dentist spoke for about an hour at St. Francis de Sales Church in Riverside. The parish school hosted the talk as part of Catholic Schools Week activities, and 13 other schools sent their seventh and eighth graders to see and hear a part of history.

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 Our Lady of Perpetual Help School’s new debate team hosted and participated in their first NextGen Debate League Tournament on February 9. OLPH students Avery Crousillac, Isabella Reed, and Jillian Brown placed third against teams from five other Coachella Valley schools: Desert Christian Academy, Indio Middle School, Bobby Duke Academy, Desert Ridge Academy, and John Glenn Middle School.

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