(New Lenox) Rev. Richard J. McGrath, OSA, President of Providence Catholic High School today announced that the school is kicking off the public phase of a capital campaign to expand the school’s facilities that is the school’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in its 99-year history.
The school plans to construct a new 21,800 square foot student commons / cafeteria space. “The new facility will provide a safe, welcoming central space for all students to gather before, during and after school hours. A larger modern kitchen and food court will allow our food service staff to provide a greater variety of offerings. A new entrance will feature a spacious roundabout pick up / drop off area and create an attractive southwest entry for our school building,” according to Rev. Richard J. McGrath, OSA, President of the school. “The increased space will make it possible to consolidate four lunch periods into two lunch periods, thereby freeing up time for new academic opportunities”.
The new space will include a spirit wear shop, will serve as the athletic competition entry for basketball and volleyball games and will include a concession space. In addition, the campaign will also raise funding to add air conditioning in the original classrooms.
The goal of the capital campaign is $6,000,000. So far, the “BUILDING OUR LEGACY EVERY STUDENT…EVERY DAY” Campaign has raised a school-record $3.5 million since the quiet phase started July 1, 2016. In addition, the school has $1.4 million in reserved funds for this project bringing the total raised and allocated to $4.9 million.
Reaching the campaign goal will coincide with another historic milestone – the celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary. “We are in awe by the support of our donors during the quiet phase of the campaign and know the public phase will deliver similarly impressive results,” Capital Campaign General Chairman Steve Morrissette said. “We are grateful for the support and thank all the donors for their generosity and support of the mission of Providence Catholic High School.”
“If all goes well, we could very well be beginning the project this summer”, said Ed Barrett, the school’s Director of Advancement.
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