2009-08-08 / Top News

Children Learn About Moses at Bible School

By Kerri Jo Molitor

Older youth in the group gather around a table with Christi Dupre (at back, middle) to learn about the story of Moses, while a group of elementary school children learns the story with Jennifer Callewaert using a video. Preschool students are taught by Carol Rearick, who told them the story and then helped them make plastic insects to symbolize a plague. Older youth in the group gather around a table with Christi Dupre (at back, middle) to learn about the story of Moses, while a group of elementary school children learns the story with Jennifer Callewaert using a video. Preschool students are taught by Carol Rearick, who told them the story and then helped them make plastic insects to symbolize a plague. The basement of Ste. Anne's Church rang with the voices of youngsters, from preschoolaged to high school-aged, as they began Tuesday's, July 7, session of Bible school with songs and sign language.

The Bible school, an annual event for more than 30 years, saw about 30 students attend this year, which is about average, said Val Porter, who is in charge of the songs every morning. As she teaches the songs, she also teaches sign language to go along with them.

"I've always had an interest in sign language," Mrs. Porter said. "I've found that when teaching kids songs, if they have something to do with their hands, they participate more."

The school uses the social hall in the basement of the church, but it is hosted by representatives from all of the churches on the Island and it welcomes all faiths. In the past, youth from the Jewish synagogue have attended and taught about the history of Judaism, Mrs. Porter said.

Although a number of those who attend the school are from the Island, many of them are here on vacation. Young Kirby Berke, on an annual Mackinac Island vacation with his family for six weeks, said he enjoys the Bible school.

After singing, the kids divided into three age groups, for preschool, elementary, and middle and high school ages. Each group learns about the subject of the week in different ways. This year the school is focusing on the story of Moses.

The older group worked on creating a movie with a story line similar to a modern day Moses with teacher Christi Dupre, while the younger groups made crafts, ate snacks, or played games.

Church volunteers are Carol Rearick, Diane Brandonisio, Ann Levy, Joan Barch, and Molly Carroll.

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