Retired teacher at New Lenox school wants to return special cards to former students
A retired teacher is working with Providence High School in New Lenox to return 2,500 index cards and assorted projects to former students.
Marge Mostyn of Lockport, who taught math at Providence from 1983 to 1999, recently made a video at Providence about the “Mrs. Mostyn Memory Project.”
The video is posted on the Providence Catholic YouTube channel at bit.ly/318goF5.
What are these index cards?
Mostyn said Bishop Roger Kaffer (deceased), who was principal at Providence when Mostyn began, suggested that teachers place index cards on their students’ desk and let the students’ find their own desk.
However Mostyn expanded Kaffer's idea. She had the students include their phone numbers and “what they wanted me to call them.”
Then Mostyn asked them to add other details about their lives: where they attended grade and junior high school, their birthday, career choice, and lucky number; and their favorites: color, television show, hobby, subject and extracurricular activity.
These cards helped Mostyn to become better acquainted with her students, she said. But she also used them to ensure she called on all student each day and make monthly lists of their birthdays and post them.
Former students would pop into her room just “to see whose birthday it was,” she said
“Each year, I’d add the birthdays to the list,” Mostyn said. “On their birthday, I would cut out their initials - symmetrically out of a folder - and have their classmates sign [them]."