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Bishop visits classroom - virtually

Weston sixth-graders present check from project

WESTON (SNR) – The sixth-grade class at St. John Nepomucene School in Weston visited Bishop James Conley March 18… electronically.  

The students, who conducted a business through a class with instructor Eva Fujan throughout the year, held a check presentation with many of their sponsors present. Bishop Conley was invited to the presentation, but with his busy schedule, his visit had to take place in a creative way. The staff at St. John School and the Education Technology Office of the Diocese of Lincoln set up a video link right in the classroom. 

For the past 10 years the sixth-graders at St. John Nepomucene School, under the instruction of Eva Fujan, learned how to run a business, use computers and software to create and sell their products and then donate the profits from their business to the school. 

During the March 18 presentation, the students reviewed their business and the results they achieved. This year the students designed and produced t-shirts, foam play swords and shorts and then sold them at two basketball tournaments hosted by the school. 

The students used a variety of software including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint and visited a vendor to see how Adobe Photoshop can be used to design a logo and produce the final product.

This year the class had total revenues of $4,689 and a profit of $3,037, which was presented to Father Matthew Vandewalle, chief administrative officer of St. John, in a poster-sized check during the presentation. 

“The sixth graders work hard and learn a lot during the business project each year,” Father Vandewalle said. “They see that by using your talent, your time and with a little teamwork you can offer your treasure to a bigger cause.”

Mrs. Eva Fujan, whose children graduated from St. John School, volunteers each year to teach the class. Mrs. Fujan has more than 25 years of business experience in the technology industry. 

“The sixth grade class has learned a lot about technology, computers, running a business and stewardship through this project, creating an integrated approach to learning about technology,” she said.

“I’m glad that Eva Fujan was willing to partner with students in order to share her wisdom and experience,” Bishop Conley said. “Children learn well from capable teachers and adults collaboratively engaging on these kinds of projects.”

St. John Nepomucene School is part of the Saunders Catholic School system.  They serve students and families from St. Joseph Parish in Colon, St. Mary in Davey, St. James in Mead, Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Plasi, St. John in Prague, St. Vitus in Touhy, Ss. Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo and St. John Nepomucene Parish in Weston.

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