Foundation helps fund repairs at Sacred Heart School
(Left to right): Sacred Heart High School Principal Dawn Cox Shipp, Sacred Heart Elementary Principal Virginia Morein, Advisory Council President Dr. Jake LaFleur, Father Tom Voorhies of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church accept a donation in August from the Sacred Heart School Foundation members Terryl Fontenot, Andy Poche, Mark Buller, and Dr. Armand Coreil. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Lejeune)
By: RAYMOND PARTSCH III
Sacred Heart School was in need of some vital repairs to its elementary and junior high buildings, and the Sacred Heart School Foundation once again stepped up to provide the funding needed to meet those needs.
The foundation gives funds every year with the intention of those monies going to subsidize projects which enhance, supplement or surpass the basic curriculum of all grades at Sacred Heart School.
This year the foundation disbursed $25,000 to fix a leaky roof in the kindergarten-first grade class rooms, and to remodel the entire exterior of the building that houses the junior high class rooms, which once served as living quarters for nuns.
“We do this to make sure our kids are being instructed in a safe environment,” High School Principal Dawn Shipp said. “We are very fortunate to have the relationship that we do with the foundation. We are truly blessed.”
That is a sentiment shared by Elementary School Principal Virginia Morein.
“When I got here last year we had a leak in our kindergarten building but the process of reaching out to the foundation to fix it had already begun,” Morein said. “This is so wonderful to have them help with our roof or with anything really.”
In addition to the roof repair, the junior high building was remodeled on the outside with a focus on preventing the squirrels, that call the oak trees on campus home, from entering the classrooms. The building was also repainted and now the paint job matches the color scheme of the both the elementary and high school buildings.
The project was completed in time for the new school year, helped largely by school leaders preparing a complete proposal to the foundation earlier this year.
“We have everything mapped out with the cost and how much time it takes,” Shipp said. “That way if the foundation signs off on the proposal then we can begin right away,” Shipp said.
This is the 11th straight year that the Sacred Heart School Foundation has provided Sacred Heart School with a generous disbursement.