2011-02-04 / School News

SFDS School Dedicates Science Lab

The New Year is a time for new beginnings, fresh starts and new learning experiences. St. Francis de Sales School is proud to announce the opening of a state of the art science lab where their students and teachers will explore, investigate and learn together. As with everything at St. Francis the opening of the lab centered around God with a prayer service and dedication. Faculty, staff and students along with parish priests and community members celebrated the opening of the science lab.

The science lab was dedicated to three special people from the St. Francis de Sales community. The first honoree was Kathleen McCullagh. McCullagh was a dedicated, loving teacher for 33 years at SFDS. A spokesperson said of her, “She was a positive role model, a true witness to Christ, showing her students what it meant to be a Christian.”

The next two honorees, the spokesperson says, can’t be spoken about separately because when you think of one you cannot help but think of the other. The friendship between Charlie Heeran and Chris Lawler began in first grade at St. Francis de Sales. They both graduated from SFDS and attended Xavier High School. Heeran continued his studies at the University of Scranton and Lawler went on to Loyola College. Their friendship, however, continued to grow and flourish. Coments th spokesperson, “Armed with an exceptional catholic education, supporting families, and strong Christian values – they started on their paths to success.” Heeran was an employee at Cantor Fitzgerald, and Lawler a student at St. John’s Law School. On September 11, 2001 as the World Trade Center fell to the ground, Charlie Heeran’s young life was taken. Not long after, on November 12, 2001 Chris Lawler died in his sleep as American Airlines flight 587 crashed on his home. “No two people deserve this honor more than these two young men, St. Francis Alumni, college graduates, professionals, and best friends who started everything in the halls of St. Francis de Sales School,” says the SFDS spokesperson.

The science lab is open to all students and teachers. Whether it is junior high students extracting their own DNA, third-graders making toothpaste, or the kindergarten and fourth grade class doing a collaborative project about fossils, the science lab will be a place of discovery. Who knows what the future may hold for our scientists of tomorrow.

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