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Each year, Kateri Catholic Academy-Walbridge Campus teacher Brenda Pahl encourages her fourth-grade students learn about their family’s heritage, particularly about the countries in their lineage. As part of “I’m Proud of My Heritage Day,” students talk with family members, visit the library and use the Internet to research countries where their ancestors lived. Each student chooses one country and prepares a five to 10-minute presentation, which often includes traditional dress, food, music, art and maps.

“We spend the day celebrating our differences as well as our similarities like only Americans can,” Pahl said.

Kateri Catholic Academy fourth-grader Nick Fosgate celebrated his Mexican heritage as part of the recent “I’m Proud of My Her

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The public is invited to attend the dedication of a Living Memorial Tree in memory of Betty Carstensen to be held in the front yard of Coy Elementary School on Pickle Road in Oregon, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.

The event is being jointly sponsored by the City of Oregon and the Oregon-Jerusalem Schools, with Mayor Marge Brown and Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar conducting the ceremony. An engraved marker plaque will be unveiled during the dedication.

Carstensen served on the Board of Education from 1993 until her death last month. She was also an avid volunteer in the community since 1950. Some of these activities included assisting youngsters with their reading, distributing tree seedlings to thousands of first-graders over a period of 30 years, being a highly active member of her church, participating in Arbor Day and other tree plantings, and serving as a longtime trustee of the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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On September 24, 2009, friends, colleagues and family gathered to dedicate the Wynn Elementary School Media Center to Don Charlton, who served as Wynn’s principal from 1969-1990.

In celebration of the event, Mayor Marge Brown proclaimed the day as “Don Charlton Day.”

Throughout his career, Charlton demonstrated a love of reading and learning that encouraged teachers and students. He was known for promoting “teachable moments.”

In addition to the academic arena, Charlton was instrumental in the beginning of outdoor education, girls’ basketball, gymnastics and the creation of a nature center on the Wynn School playground.

His compassion for the students and community created the well-known motto “Wynn Pride,” which remains today. This motto unites the students, staff and community in a partnership for excellence in education.

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