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Shows, camps coming up at nature center

Rock Springs will offer a Snake and Turtle Show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, with several species to see. The cost is $2 per person, and registration is due by Friday.

A mini-camp, “I Spy Turkeys,” for children ages 1 to 5 and an adult buddy will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, with one for children ages 3 to 5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Campers will learn about turkeys through activities and songs. Cost is $6 per child and registration is due by Monday, Nov. 20.

A free program on turkeys for preschool children and an adult buddy will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Registration is due by Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Register for Rock Springs programs online at


Drama class offers '12 Angry Jurors' 

St. Teresa's Drama Department will perform “12 Angry Jurors” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18 in the Joe Venturi Gymnasium at the school.

Tickets are $5 for general seating and $8 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the door or call the school, (217) 875-2431.


Campaign to raise funds for foundation

The school has launched the Sustain the Future campaign with a goal to raise $10.5 million.

The first $500,000 of the funds raised will be set aside for operational needs, while the remaining $10 million will go into the St. Teresa Educational Foundation. By adding the new money to the Foundation's current endowment of $5.4 million, the earnings generated would provide increased support toward the school's operating budget.

Ken Hendriksen, executive director of the foundation and the school's previous CEO and principal, said increasing costs and declining student enrollment in Macon County have forced the school to be more self-sustaining.

Tuition would have to increase substantially, and the school would have to consider eliminating some programs without additional financial help. Current enrollment is 225, down from 275 five years ago, with a projected deficit of $500,000 for this year and the next two.

For information on the campaign or how to help, call (217) 975-7950 or visit


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Education and family reporter for the Herald & Review.

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