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New Local Program - Growing in Wisdom and Grace

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


Spalding Institute and the Academy of Our Lady are pillars in the history of Peoria. More than academic strongholds, these two schools helped form the morals, values and faith of generations of students and left a lasting impact on Central Illinois. Spalding and AOL alumni share memories and discuss the lasting influences from their school years in Growing in Wisdom and Grace, a new local production from WTVP premiering Monday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m.


Former students from "both sides of the street" share stories that speak a fierce loyalty to their schools. Former Peoria Mayor Jim Maloof reflects on the strong sense of service to the community instilled by the schools. Sister Roberta, who returned to AOL as nun and teacher, reflects on the nurturing sense of family created by the teachers. Maury Joseph reminisces on the value of the strict discipline and code of conduct demanded by the schools. Tim Irwin, now a teacher at Notre Dame High School, shares insights on the schools’ excellence in academics and the arts as well as tales of Principal Ron Haley, Peoria’s first black teacher, and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Spalding’s most celebrated son.


Coach Ed Bradle, Robert Manning, Rita Haas, Karen Schwegel and others also share memories that run the gamut from the very real personal and family sacrifices required to make a private education possible, to funny tales of challenging dress codes and the firm segregation of the boys and the girls.


Growing in Wisdom and Grace is a testament to "Irish Pride" and the profound and lasting effects the schools had on their students, staff and community.








For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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