2013-05-10 / Community

St.Camillus Kindergarteners Come Home

By Dan Guarino


St. Camillus students happily sit down to their first day in their very own, brand new classroom. Photos by Dan Guarino St. Camillus students happily sit down to their first day in their very own, brand new classroom. Photos by Dan Guarino Each holding their own small scissors, the boys and girls of St. Camillus’s kindergarten class lined up and together cut the ribbon to officially reopen their newly rebuilt classroom.

On Monday, April 22nd, parents, teachers, guests and St. Camillus students of all grades gathered at just after 8 a.m. in the courtyard between the St. Camillus School and rectory to take part in the opening ceremony.

The kindergarten classroom, like other parts of the church and school, suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy.

Students were displaced to various areas, including taking lessons in the main school building, while it was gutted and carefully rebuilt.

Principal Sister Agnes White expressed thanks to the Heisman Trophy Foundation’s “generous grant that made this all possible.”


St. Camillus kindergartners, long displaced by Hurricane Sandy, officially cut the ribbon to open their newly rebuilt classroom space. St. Camillus kindergartners, long displaced by Hurricane Sandy, officially cut the ribbon to open their newly rebuilt classroom space. Pastor Father Richard Ahlemeyer blessed the gathering and the new classroom “not only for the students who will use it today, but for those who will come through here in the future.”

Later, pointing to other parts of the school, including preparations for a new pre-K class space, Father Ahlemeyer said, “Little by little, we’re coming back.”

Before the ribbon cutting, Sister Agnes said, “It took us a long time to get back, longer than we expected. But it was worth the wait!”

After the ceremony, all students and visitors were allowed to walk through and see the brand new classroom for themselves.

They admired the new wooden tables and chairs, the shelves, blackboards, carpeting and library area and even the new, high tech monitor on the wall.

“Wow!” said one visitor. Other comments included, “This is beautiful!”, “It has that new classroom smell!” and “I want to stay here!”

Parents took pictures as excited children settled into their new space.

Noting all that these children have dealt with since the storm, Sister Agnes told them, “You have all been good troupers.”

Indicating their completely rebuilt classroom and their part in re-opening it, she added, “You will say ‘We were the first class to use this new room!’

“You’ve come home. Enjoy it!”

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