Franciscan Health donates building to Lafayette Catholic School System

Early education in the Catholic School System is getting a boost. The System will begin renovations on a newly-donated 10,000 square foot building.

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 3:59 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2019 10:35 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—The Lafayette Catholic School System has taken immediate possession of an old Franciscan Health building.

"It's very important that our community have these kinds of opportunities,” said Executive Director for The Lafayette Catholic School System Eric Davis.

Davis said this transformation will support the needs of the community.

"From a community standpoint only about 36% of the current pre-school need is being met by high quality pre-school,” said Davis.

That's why this building will be used as an Early Learning Center. Serving children 3 to 5- years-old and impacting 250 families.

"These children are going to get a good education from very qualified teachers in our catholic school system,” said Karen Thompson.

St. Mary's Pre-school Co-Director Karen Thompson said early childhood education is very important. She's excited to launch a consolidated pre-school.

"Studies show that children absorb information and can learn new things till about age ten,” said Thompson.

With the help of Sister Ann Kathleen who serves on the board for the Catholic School Ministries, it was all made possible.

"My time here I've always been focusing on re-purposing things, not throwing things out,” said Sister Ann Kathleen.

Renovations and startup cost are estimated to be approximately $1.5 million. Doors are slated to open by Fall 2020 with the new name St. Francis Early Learning Academy.

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