Around the Diocese: May 15, 2016

USF Jesters accepting registrations for 2016

FORT WAYNE — The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis are accepting registrations from people with developmental disabilities for its 2016 summer program. The program will include a series of intensives designed to give people with intellectual/developmental disabilities opportunities to explore the performing arts.

Each intensive will be held for two weeks according to the following schedule:

• Script writing/story telling – June 7 and 14, $15

• Dance/choreography – June 21 and 28, $15

• Theatre/drama – July 5 and July 12, $15

Each session will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the dance studio at the USF North Campus Building, 2702 Spring St.,

Participants can register for all 6 weeks or a single 2-week segment. Activities will focus on creating a template for next year’s Jesters performance to be presented March 11 and 12, 2017. However, the summer program is offered to anyone with a disability regardless of his/her involvement with the traditional Jesters program that is held annually, September–March.

Registrations will be accepted through June 1. Capacity is limited to the first 20 participants who register for each session. To request registration forms, contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at mmcgowan@sf.edu or 260-399-7700, ext. 8001.

From April 29 to May 1, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School’s Home and School Association (HASA) sponsored a spring book fair at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Jefferson Pointe. During those days, when shoppers mentioned that they were buying books in support of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, a percentage of those sales returned to the school library to purchase future books.

Destination Imagination team advances

NEW HAVEN — The Destination Imagination teams from St. John the Baptist School will advance to the Global Competition May 25-27 in Knoxville, Tenn. They placed first and second at the state level and will be competing against teams from 15 countries and 42 states.

Destination Imagination is a not-for-profit problem solving organization. Each year in October, the team chooses one of the seven challenges presented by Destination Imagination. Each team of up to seven students must then create a skit, props and backdrop along with the other elements pertaining to their particular challenge.

One of the middle school teams chose the community service project. They held a class and taught the participants to make fleece blankets and toys for the animals at the animal shelter. The second team chose a scientific challenge involving a character that camouflages itself along with other theatrical aspects. The students range from 5th through 8th grade.

On Saturday, May 21, the teams will host a Mexican fiesta dinner along with a silent auction to help fund their trip to Tennessee. Also at 7 p.m. they will be in costume and present their eight minute performances at the Community Center at St. John the Baptist, 943 Powers St.

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