August 2017


Summer 2017 Interns Give and Receive

The Don Bosco School of English had the honor of hosting four interns this summer through the Bishop Sullivan Summer Intern program. The young people spent two months dedicating their time and efforts to serving students by teaching traditional classes like English, math, and reading, as well as a not-so-traditional forklift training course. One intern, Maggie Cain, reflected upon her unique experience of earning her forklift license, and then passing her skills on to her students: "I learned about each student on a personal level, where they were from, their family, their culture; we made a song and dance; we worked on pronunciation of words by doing daily tongue twisters...the value is not all about what subject we teach. After all, we don't teach math, or reading, or English. We teach students. When we live by this philosophy, we touch the lives of our students, and more rewardingly, allow them to touch our lives." 


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Seniors Serving Seniors

Providing nourishment to 165 seniors daily at the Senior Center is no easy task, but we've got help! Alan Matney, Cam-Chi Ho, and Pat Brown lend a hand every day by manning the sign-in desk and serving trays to seniors with limited mobility.

Alan, who was recently awarded the Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award by the George H. Nettleton Foundation, has graciously served wherever needed every day for over 12 years. Cam-Chi has been serving trays to the Vietnamese seniors for four years, and while some may think that language would be a barrier in the serving line, her smiles and hugs communicate her joy and willingness to serve. Pat Brown keeps everyone on their toes with her quick wit and compassionate heart. She has been helping out so long, she can’t remember when she started. When asked why she continues to serve, Pat responded, “I love it. I love helping people.”

July 2017

                                                                                            Top row: Regine, Antoinette, Jolie, Justin, Tshibasu, Maura                                                                                                               Bottom row: Anna, Mary, Valentin, Nicholas The Mpanga family has much to celebrate. The family is pictured above at Jolie's high school graduation where she earned honors and a scholarship to Central Missouri University. Her sister Antoinette completed the CNA program at Penn Valley in May, and their father Tshibasu received his Automotive Technology degree from Vatterott College the next day.      The Mpangas arrived in Kansas City in June 2013 after living for ten years in a refugee camp in Namibia, Africa upon fleeing their home in The Republic of Congo to escape religious and sectarian persecution.      Tshibasu took English classes at Don Bosco, was hired to do maintenance work at the school, and worked part time at the Senior Center to assist with summer meal deliveries. When full-time work became available, Tshibasu’s wife Regine and son Justin took over his jobs at Don Bosco.      Justin earned his Phlebotomy certificate from St. Luke’s, where he is currently employed, while attending full-time classes at UMKC. He hopes to work in the medical field. Valentine is also an outstanding student and his prowess on the soccer field earned him a spot on East High’s varsity team, as well as an invitation to play on a premier team.      Nicholas, Mary, Anna, and Maura keep things lively at home. While this amazing family takes deep pride in their heritage, they have embraced their new culture and are working hard to make their American dreams come true!

                                                                                            Top row: Regine, Antoinette, Jolie, Justin, Tshibasu, Maura     
                                                                                                         Bottom row: Anna, Mary, Valentin, Nicholas

The Mpanga family has much to celebrate. The family is pictured above at Jolie's high school graduation where she earned honors and a scholarship to Central Missouri University. Her sister Antoinette completed the CNA program at Penn Valley in May, and their father Tshibasu received his Automotive Technology degree from Vatterott College the next day.
     The Mpangas arrived in Kansas City in June 2013 after living for ten years in a refugee camp in Namibia, Africa upon fleeing their home in The Republic of Congo to escape religious and sectarian persecution.
     Tshibasu took English classes at Don Bosco, was hired to do maintenance work at the school, and worked part time at the Senior Center to assist with summer meal deliveries. When full-time work became available, Tshibasu’s wife Regine and son Justin took over his jobs at Don Bosco.
     Justin earned his Phlebotomy certificate from St. Luke’s, where he is currently employed, while attending full-time classes at UMKC. He hopes to work in the medical field. Valentine is also an outstanding student and his prowess on the soccer field earned him a spot on East High’s varsity team, as well as an invitation to play on a premier team.
     Nicholas, Mary, Anna, and Maura keep things lively at home. While this amazing family takes deep pride in their heritage, they have embraced their new culture and are working hard to make their American dreams come true!