New Okatie Catholic school gets 2 big donations

January 10, 2013 

The Diocese of Charleston announced Thursday that John Paul II Catholic School, expected to open in August, has received $750,000 in financial gifts from two organizations.

The Theresa and Edward O’Toole Foundation gave $500,000 to the school, while CareCore National of Bluffton donated $250,000.

The Diocese of Charleston is building the school on 72 acres of land off of S.C. 170 across from Camp Saint Mary’s Road. The school will offer classes for grades 7 – 9, and possibly 10, and ultimately add grades through 12th grade.

This school will emphasize "strong Christian values with an emphasis on critical thinking, leadership and service to others," according to the diocese.

The Theresa and Edward O’Toole Foundation is an independent foundation that has been a strong supporter of community needs on both the East and West coasts.

CareCore National donated $250,000 to John Paul II Catholic School to honor its founding CEO and board chairman, Donald Rogers Ryan. Prior to his death, Ryan was co-chair of the capital campaign for the school. The school’s Research and Technology Center will be named in Ryan's honor.

CareCore National is an evidence- based health care solutions company with locations in Bluffton, and Colorado

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