Learning in Style School is closed during the summer months. Registration for classes will start September 2, 2014.
Our 20th year reunion celebration was a joy-filled time for all who attended. The following are some quotes from speakers at the celebration:
Learning in Style helps adult immigrant students reach their potential, and in so doing, weaves a fabric, a rich culture, where students will find their place.
LIS is a place of history – a history of persons, a history of successes and a history of partnerships.
LIS is also a place where dreams can take root. Imagine the landscape of our civic community since LIS has been at this for 20 years — reaching out to our new neighbors and helping their dreams transform our own communities with their joys and hope. The LIS students are models of strength and courage for the rest of us. We are better people because of them.
A heartfelt thank you to our benefactors whose own ancestors’ immigrant stories of dreams prompted them to give with hearts filled with gratitude for the strength and courage of their ancestors. And, thank you to our staff and volunteers who have made 20 years of dreaming possible.
In celebration of Learning in Style’s 20th year anniversary, the school wanted to have in view a picture that speaks to the place LIS holds in the midst of an immigrant population. The picture, GREEN SPACE IN THE CITY, is our choice. Metaphorically, LIS is a Green Space in the City. The Picture now hangs in the school’s Great Room. This is what the artist wrote about the piece of land that inspired her creation.
This picture is called “Green Space in the City.” because it represents a little woodland and prairie swag that is in the middle of a neighborhood in St. Paul. It is on the land where many Sisters of St. Joseph live. Once it was overgrown with invasive bushes and vines and other things that were not healthy there. Community members cleared all that out and planted saplings and long rooted prairie grasses and Minnesota flowers. When it rained, the water sank deep into the prairie grass roots instead of running into the gutters and sewers and then into the Mississippi River. And when the flowers bloomed, the monarch butterflies came. Many little creatures live in this green space. If you look closely, you will see butterflies and bees, a woodpecker finding insects in the dead tree, a rabbit and other creatures. In the upper right you will see the long prairie grasses and all around are the houses and neighborhood people enjoying the Green Space. Everyone needs a green space, especially those who live in the city. Even if it is a little plant in a pot to care for. Where is your green space?
Sister Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, Artist
Some of LIS students viewed the picture, reflected on its message and wrote their impressions.
Ubaldo Reyes–Beautiful butterflies, tiny birds, mysterious cats, noisy woodpecker and friendly humans are neighbors. They can live harmoniously. They can compliment each other to share life. They offer what they think the other needs. They live together in a good way for a brighter future.
Noemi Yepez–In this picture I see a wonderful green space in the city and around many homes, a large forest. People living in harmony with nature. I like the colors in this picture—green, blue, yellow, pink, brown, orange and white. I see homes, apartments and one store. I see living things such as people, a rabbit, birds, bees, butterflies, a squirrel, cats, trees and flowers. All signify the importance of caring for nature as a life. It invites us to think and wonder about what we do every day for our homeland.
Sifaou Tagba–There are people, buildings and trees which give a clue of a locality. This locality is composed of white people and black people. There are flowers and grasses which make the neighborhood green and give a sense of nature. There are birds flying in the sky, butterflies, bees, rabbits and squirrels enjoying nature. All this gives meaning to life.
Bernadina Lopez–In the Great Room of our school there’s a new picture called “ The Green Space in the City.” This picture might try to show us how important and necessary nature is in our life and to keep clean the city and parks and take care of the plants, flowers and trees because the animals survive there, too.
Across the park people live and enjoy the view. They breathe fresh air. They watch the beautiful night, blue sky and shining stars and white moon. The air blows the cloud. The animals play in the park. It’s a very colorful image. There are green trees, brown, blue, yellow, white, red houses and buildings, the same sky, clouds, sun, moon or stars or flowers too. The important thing is to keep green spaces for a safe world.
Circle your calendars! The date May 1st has been chosen as the day for our main celebration of our twenty years as a school for adult immigrants. On that day (exact time yet to be determined) we hope to join with former students and former teachers, with leaders in our neighborhood and city, and with multiple others who have been a part of our history. More details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.
Sometime later in May, Learning In Style will be the home of a new Peace Pole. Plans for the installation celebration include our whole school and perhaps some of our neighbors. The intent is to place the pole where most students and all others can see it each time they come to our building and hopefully the pole will become part of a new garden as well.