Students, Cardinal and Mayor Celebrate Renovation of Historic Immaculate Conception Catholic School

September 29, 2004

The 160 students of Immaculate Conception School in the historic Shaw neighborhood will celebrate the $4+ million complete renovation of their 140-year-old school with a festive ribbon cutting, release of hundreds of helium balloons and a rededication with Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, and Mayor Anthony A. Williams:

Thursday, October 7, 2004
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Immaculate Conception School
711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC

Cardinal McCarrick and Mayor Williams will do a ribbon cutting on the steps of the school, surrounded by the students, the superintendent of Catholic schools, principal, pastor and supporters. The renovation of the school was donated by Clark Construction, which also built the neighboring Washington Convention Center.

Immediately afterwards, a program will be held in the auditorium with students releasing helium balloons with prayer intentions and names of donors tied to them, songs by the choir, and a blessing and a rededication of the school building by Cardinal McCarrick.

While the school was closed during the year-long renovation, students attended classes on Trinity University’s campus. Improvements to the historic building include air conditioning and heating; four new classrooms created out of reconfigured space; new bathrooms; a remodeled auditorium; elevator; new ceiling, lighting, painting and carpeting; and a new library and computer lab.

The school, which offered Pre-K to Grade 5 last year, has expanded this fall to Grade 6 and eventually will expand to Grade 8; 77% of the school’s students are not Catholic and 16 students received scholarships through the new DC K-12 Scholarship Program this year.

The school is one of 13 in the Archdiocese’s Center City Consortium. Working in partnership with the business community, the Consortium brings new resources, services, tuition aid and capital improvements to Catholic schools in financially challenged neighborhoods of our nation’s capital. At least 50 percent of Consortium families are at or below poverty level and 70 percent are single-parent households. The Archdiocese includes 110 schools serving nearly 34,000 students in the District of Columbia and five Maryland counties.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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