It’s a day that students at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby have been waiting for, practically since the day it opened seven years ago: The official groundbreaking for an expansion to the school.
Already well over capacity, construction is under way and, if the weather co-operates, students will be in the six new classrooms when they return to school after the Christmas break in 2018.
“Talk about a nice Christmas gift!” Niagara Catholic Director of Education John Crocco said during the groundbreaking, which was moved into the gym and simulcast to classrooms due to the inclement weather. “The addition is already taking shape and around Christmas 2017, you will all be out of the portables and under one roof. This project is the result of a lot of hard work by a very committed team of individuals, and we know that you will be thrilled with your new school when it is finished.”
Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board Trustee representing West Niagara, said it’s particularly special that the expansion is taking place during the 100th Anniversary year of the Miracle at Fatima.
“A century ago, Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal, and delivered her message of peace to them,” said Chair MacNeil. “Throughout this school year, students across Niagara Catholic, but in particular, at our two Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary Schools, have been learning more about the miracle for which they are named. Here we are today, in this centennial year of the Miracle, celebrating a groundbreaking at a school named in Her honour, that will benefit not only 540 students in Grimsby this year, but thousands of students for years to come. May God bless the current and future students and staff at Our Lady of Fatima, and all those involved in the construction of the addition of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School.”