WOOSTER – Thanks to donations from families and community members, St. Mary’s School has updated its activity center and lobby entrance with new floors, freshly painted walls and many more attributes in the past year.
Principal Laura Marvin said the school started renovating before the pandemic hit because the school started hosting events in space.
“The first thing we thought of was chairs, folding chairs, for our events so they all matched,” Marvin said. “And then just a little group of people started to spearhead, fundraise for that and so every fundraiser that we had went to the activity center.”
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When spring 2020 arrived and students were sent home due to COVID, Marvin said that opened things up and the school was in a position to do even more renovations. These renovations included the addition of a new sound and light system with repainting the entire space.
The reasons for the renovations
The idea to update the activity center came from Bret Defibaugh who was the school’s basketball coach before his death, Marvin said. Defibaugh and his son, who helped his coach, wanted a basketball court in the gym, so the school tried to make it happen.
“Because we had mass here every Sunday and our school masses on Wednesday, people came and they got to see (the renovations) and so I think they kept giving money,” said Marvin. “And we had enough to set the floor and get the tables (from the dining room). ”
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With the donations, new hardwood floors were installed to replace the cracked cement floor and new dining tables were purchased. Between an online donation program, called “WeGiveCatholic,” and in-person donations, Marvin said the school raised about $ 200,000 for the entire project.
Lasting effects of changes
Marvin said she was happy the school was finally able to renovate the space, as it is not only used very often by the school, but also by the community for events such as weekly church services and Sales.
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“I know the teachers and students are really excited, they were excited about the new paint,” Marvin said. “I think that with the community, it will be used more.
Aside from waiting for the tiling to enter the front hall bathrooms, Marvin said most of the renovations are complete and she hopes everything will be done when teachers start returning on August 11.
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