RACINE — The annual fundraising dinner sponsored by the John XXIII Educational Center Sustainability Committee was held April 28 at Hickory Hall.
After guests enjoyed a dinner prepared by Danny’s Meat Market, Educational Center staff presented a brief video showing how John XXIII provides programs that give children individually guided assistance so that they can graduate from high school, ready for further education and workforce opportunities.
Serving students in grades 6 through 12, the after-school program provides a supervised study hall, mentoring and tutoring. Staff also go into school settings to offer outreach programs to students identified by counselors for more individualized guidance. The outreach courses discuss bullying or other daily challenges students may encounter that can interfere with learning.
The staff assists parents as they work to provide a home environment that encourages children to grow academically, personally, socially and morally.
Highlighting the evening, Shirley F. Heck, PhD, Excellence Awards were presented to Carol Norton for eight years of mentoring excellence at the Educational Center and to Marybeth Zuhlke for community service excellence to young people, including her numerous contributions to John XXIII Educational Center. The awards honor Heck, who co-founded John XXIII Educational Center, a ministry of St. Patrick’s Parish. Heck continues to serve John XXIII as director of development.