Morning Star School is “Building A Brighter Future”
For over six decades our school has served K – 8th grade students with learning challenges. To continue serving the needs of our students, their families, and the community, our school needed to expand through high school. Each year our parents would search for an appropriate high school placement for their special needs child. A stressful time for both parent and student as there are few high school special education programs in our area, and none that exactly match the emotional and social needs of many of our students.
In 2016, as part of our 60th anniversary celebration, we embarked on an ambitious effort to expand our campus. We launched of our first ever capital campaign, “Building A Brighter Future” which set the foundation to begin construction on a new building to accommodate 9th—12th grade students.
Thanks to the efforts of Bob Shircliff, Lou Walsh and Jay Demetree, our campaign Chairs, and the generosity of many donors, the Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley building was completed a year later in July 2017. Our new building accommodates 4 middle school classrooms, 4 high school classrooms and a beautiful media and learning center. Students now have the opportunity to continue at Morning Star School throughout 12th grade. A dream come true for many and a valuable resource for our Northeast Florida community of families who do not have many options for their children with learning differences.
Campaign donations also allowed for the addition of a beautiful outdoor classroom. The St. Marks Peace Garden is located in front of the new building and is a wonderful resource for our students. An additional donation allowed us to build the St. Anne’s Playground. This new playground replaced a much older play area that was taken down to facilitate construction. It is a bright, happy and cheerful area for our younger students to enjoy. We are so grateful for the many blessings that have taken place since we started the campaign. Thank you to the many wonderful people that support our school!
There is still time to donate to the campaign. Please make a donation or pledge HERE. Or, consider naming our media & learning center. The $250,000 naming opportunity would just about complete our campaign and leave a lasting legacy! For more information, please reach out to Maria Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dreaming of OUR FUTURE…
Future projects include a large outdoor fitness area and a life skills center. See project details below.
View a complete list of naming opportunities HERE.
THANKS TO MANY GENEROUS DONORS ARE SCHOOL IS GROWING…
NOVEMBER 26th, 2016
HIGH SCHOOL OPENS!
ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH P. HURLEY BUILDING
Made possible by our Circle of Friends and many, many donors!