Planned Catholic middle and high school receives another major donation

info@islandpacket.comMay 10, 2013 

These are conceptual drawings of a planned Catholic high school, top, and middle school in Okatie. Organizers announced another large gift for the construction of Pope John Paul II Catholic School, slated to open this fall.


The Catholic school slated to open this fall in Okatie has received another major gift.

The Gardner Foundation has awarded a $150,000 to the John Paul II Catholic School, according to a news release from the Diocese of Charleston.

The diocese is building the school on 72 acres along S.C. 170 near Camp Saint Mary's Road. It will serve students in seventh through ninth grades this fall, and will add a grade each year until it serves seventh- through 12th-graders.

The Gardner Foundation was founded in 1988 by Dan and Jeanne Gardner and their three children, David, Kirk and Leslie, to support education, the arts and community projects.

To date the school's capital campaign was raised $9.1 million in pledges and one-time gifts. About $12 million is needed to complete the first phase of the building, which will include a gym, a 28,000 square foot school and a multi-purpose field.

"With each donation we are one step closer to opening the doors of John Paul II Catholic School," said Monsignor Ronald Cellini, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and president of the school said in the release. "We are extremely grateful to the Gardner Foundation for their generous grant and their support of building a Catholic school in the Lowcountry."

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