Students and staff at St. Wenceslaus School had just finished an all-school Mass celebrating All Saints Day on Thursday when they got a little good news.
The school, near 153rd and Pacific Streets, has won $50,000 in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign, polling No. 2 among 18 finalists nationwide in online voting.
It was the second big win in the contest for the Rev. Tom Bauwens, pastor at St. Wenceslaus. Bauwens was pastor at Humphrey St. Francis when that northeast Nebraska school won $100,000 in 2009. St. Stephen the Martyr, near 167th and S Streets, won $50,000 in 2011.
“It's a real blessing from God to have won this again,” Bauwens said.
St. Wenceslaus typically shares the wealth with another school whenever it has a major fundraiser. So 20 percent, or $10,000 of its winnings, will go to Our Lady of Lourdes School. Bauwens grew up in the parish at 2110 S. 32nd Ave.
“They don't have the resources we have,” Bauwens said, “and we always like to help out somebody else.”
The school hasn't decided how to use the remaining $40,000, he said. But a new intercom system is one immediate need. The existing system, a used one donated to the school some 25 years ago, recently died. “It's something practical for the safety of the children,” Bauwens said.
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