We stumped in Galion, Ohio, at the Pelican Coffee Shop downtown. Galion’s informal town ‘brain trust’ meets for coffee in a back room here every morning… Later we interviewed Fr. Bob Haas, who is at Galion’s St. Joseph’s Church. He does mission’s work in the South American country of Belize. In a village of 2,000 people in Belize, Fr. Haas (and steady groups of volunteers) have transformed the St. Vincent Palotti School. When they started the work, the school was “dark, smelly, hot and generally uncomfortable,” said Fr. Haas. What’s more, most of the 93 students had to walk 12 to 22 miles to attend. All these conditions led to poor attendance and little motivation to learn. What’s more, no St. Vincent Palotti School youth had ever gone to high school. However the volunteers rehabbed the school, adding ceiling fans, better ligthting, desks, bulletin boards, blackboards, a new paint job… And money was raised for high school scholarships. Now attendance is high, students are more motivated and some are, for the first time, going to high school. Note: One of Fr. Haas’s projects is getting books for a library at the school. (Belize is English speaking.) “Children there don’t read very well,” said Fr. Haas, “because they simply don’t have much to read.” Donations for the Belize Project can go to the: St. Joseph Mission Fund, 135 N. Liberty St., Galion, Ohio 44833.