ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – June 4, 2010 – The groundbreaking for a new gymnasium-classroom “Wellness Center” at Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 11 a.m. in Southampton, N.Y.
The Wellness Center is an 18,000 sq. ft. gymnasium-classroom extension to the existing school. The interior will be comprised of four classrooms, a connecting hallway and a regulation-size gymnasium. The groundbreaking event will begin with a prayer service followed by a tour of the school and the unveiling of the model of the new building. There will be a special music selection by the elite student chorus and lunch for the guests.
“This plan has been a dream and in the planning stage since 2006,” said Sister Kathryn Schlueter, CSJ, principal, Our Lady of the Hamptons. “It has involved the purchase of land, faculty and School Board planning sessions and community outreach.”
The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, will be presiding. Dignitaries invited include Jay Schneiderman, County Legislator; Steve Levy, County Executive; Tim Bishop, Congressman; Anna Throne-Holst, Southampton Town Supervisor; and Mark Epley, Southampton Village Mayor.
The total cost of the project, including the purchase of land, is $3.6 million. The school has held several fundraisers including a mega raffle and a concert series featuring Billy Ray Cyrus and a Paul McCartney Tribute Band. The campaign continues and the school is seeking an additional $1.1 million to complete the project. The anticipated completion date is June 2011.
“We see this as a beacon of hope that Catholic education is alive, well, and thriving on the East End,” said Sister Kathryn.
For more information or to donate contact Sister Kathryn Schlueter, CSJ at 631-283-9140 or email@example.com
About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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