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The German Saturday School of Knoxville was founded by UT faculty in 2004, and it has ever since served the larger Knoxville community by offering German classes for children, teenagers and adults.

Classes are held at Sacred Heart Cathedral School on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and the 2009-10 school year will start on Sept 12. The German Saturday School is currently enrolling students of all ages and proficiency levels for the 2009-10 school year. For more information, go to http://www.germansaturdayschool.org, or contact Stefanie Ohnesorg, UT associate professor of German at 974-7098 or 694-3765, or send an e-mail to ohnesorg@utk.edu. Enrollment forms are posted at http://germansaturdayschool.org/registration.html.

In early 2009 the school became a member of the “Partner Schools for the Future Network (PASCH),” a project that was launched in 2008 by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Federal Foreign Minister of Germany. The goal of PASCH is to establish a worldwide network of at least 1,000 partner schools and in so doing encourage young people to take an interest in and have an enthusiasm for modern Germany and its society.

On May 12, 2009, Consul General Dr. Lutz H. Görgens from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta came to Knoxville in order to officially recognize the German Saturday School of Knoxville as a member of the international PASCH-Network. During a reception held at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Dr. Görgens presented the German Saturday School of Knoxville with the official PASCH plaque.