For most elementary school students, a lesson about Afghanistan probably involves cracking open their history books or bringing a newspaper to class.
On Thursday, the students at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Hacienda Heights got a far more gritty lesson when the former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry stopped by for a visit with his wife Ching Eikenberry.
During Thursday’s assembly, which was attended by students in grades five through eight, the Eikenberrys shared their experiences in the war-torn country – Karl Eikenberry from a military and diplomatic perspective, Ching Eikenberry through the lens of women living there.
Last month, the former ambassador publicly questioned the ability of the Afghan government to handle its own security in time for the planned pullout of international troops in 2014. And on Thursday, Eikenberry said that the future of Afghanistan could potentially involve the young students before him.
“It’s likely that we’re going to have military troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 if the government and people invite us,” he said. “I think it’s entirely possible some young men and women sitting here today well could be someone that serves there.”
Famous Children’s author Chris Van Allsburg will visit Telesis Academy in Walnut today for a special book-signing event and to debut his new book. Allsburg wrote such books as “Polar Express,” “JUMANJI,” and others.
He will be signing all books that are purchased from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the academy for science and math.
For the first time in 19 years, the homeless will not find shelter at St. John Vianney Catholic Church this winter.
Delays in processing an insurance claim for a devastating arson fire that destroyed the church’s sanctuary have led to the cancelation of the church’s homeless shelter, according to church officials.
The service-oriented church at Turnbull Canyon Road and Palm Avenue has participated in the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless’s winter shelter program since its inception, said Carol Lazarovits, the church’s outreach coordinator.
The nonprofit Coalition – which rotates the shelter between area churches – has already found another church to take St. John Vianney’s slot from Jan. 18 to Feb. 1, Lazarovits said.
“The Coalition wouldn’t let that happen,” Lazarovitis said of the possibility of leaving the homeless without shelter.
The First Chinese Baptist Church in Walnut will be pinch hitting for St. John Vianney, confirmed Bob McKennon, who works with the Coalition and is a St. John Vianney church member.
The Coalition has booked seven host churches to provide winter shelters – beds, showers and meals – from December to March. The first shelter opens Dec. 1 at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 629 S. Glendora Ave., in West Covina.
Removing the Hacienda Heights church from the rotation was something Rev. Tim Nichols did not want to see happen.