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New Classrooms for the New School Year

December 21, 2015

When our doors opened for the school year this September, students barely recognized their old classrooms. Thanks to funding from the Louis Calder Foundation, a long-time Partnership supporter, Immaculate Conception and the other five Partnership schools were dramatically transformed over the summer.

To support complete, school-wide upgrades, the Louis Calder Foundation, which had previously awarded the Partnership with a $1 million gift, agreed to release their funds for immediate use. Some of the most noticeable changes were the hundreds of brand new desks and chairs brought in for all 1st through 8th grade classrooms. Many rooms were also freshly painted, equipped with new whiteboards, lighting, blinds, storage, and improved flooring.

Refurbishing almost every room in the building was a major undertaking. Our Director of School Operations, Brooke Wallace, worked closely with Partnership Facilities Manager, George Grenier, to coordinate the logistics. To make sure everything was in place when teachers returned at the end of August, the renovations followed an extremely tight schedule. From the moment students left for the summer, classrooms were completely cleaned out and spruced up to make room for the new furniture.

On the first day of school in September, neat rows of new desks and chairs awaited their owners. Students entered classrooms joyfully, eager to settle into learning. New backpacks, complete with the Partnership logo, hung on the sides of the desks and added the perfect finishing touch to the project.

Students and teachers now spend the day in rooms that foster a more positive learning environment. “The hallways are so bright and welcoming!” one teacher raved. The vast improvement is a reflection of the respect and aspirations we have for all our students, teachers, and staff.

We are so excited to share our “new” building with supporters and alumni. Please reach out to our Admissions and Development Associate, Natalie Waryniak, if you would like to visit! 

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