St. Katharine of Siena School in Wayne started the 2013-14 school year with two new projects that the school had needed for a long time.
Over the summer, a science lab and a media center were constructed in the school.
Two years ago St. Katharine's received a $36,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation for a science lab, but the small school did not know where it would fit it. Just before the summer it also received a $10,000 grant from VWR in Radnor for new equipment for the lab.
The school decided to convert one of its eighth grade classrooms to the lab, which students from 3rd to 8th grade get to use once a week.
“Our science teachers are thrilled,” said principal Bud Tosti. And so are the kids, who wear lab coats. “When they walk through the door they are scientists.”
The new media center, which was built where the former library and a first-grade classroom shared a space, is built to function for students of all ages and contains 32 new touch screen laptops and 42 iPads.
“People will always be a school’s greatest resource, but we now have these great rooms that help with learning,” Tosti said.
“We knew it was something we needed,” he said of the science lab and media center. “There are many options [for schools around here]… We need to be razor sharp.”