GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY, NOVEMBER 29th, 2016
Participating at the groundbreaking for Morning Star School’s new high school building were (from left to right) Father Mark Waters of St. John the Baptist in Mayport, Deacon Scott Conway, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Morning Star School Principal Jean Barnes, Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and Father Lam Nguyen of Christ The King Church. Seated in the front row was Bishop Emeritus John J. Snyder, members of the first graduating class of Morning Star High School and their classmates and mentors from Bishop Snyder High School. What an amazing and joyous occasion for everyone who has worked so hard to conceptualize and shape what was once just a dream. We would like to thank everyone that came out to celebrate with us.
“Adding a Morning Star High School is inspiring and critically needed – an exciting milestone in our 60 year history of teaching children with learning differences, said Principal Barnes, “As we commemorate the groundbreaking for our new building, we celebrate among friends. Friends who share our vision for the future. Friends who recognize the unique role that Morning Star plays in educating our students. And friends who have stepped up to expand their levels of support to help make this dream come true.”
THANK YOU VERY SPECIAL FRIENDS…
- To Bishop Felipe Estévez and Deacon Scott Conway, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, for leading our ceremony, and for their unwavering support.
- To Father Houle, Father Mark, and Father Boddie for their kindness, encouragement and spiritual guidance.
- To Lou Walsh, Jay Demetree and Bob Shircliff for their expertise, advice and generosity. These three gentlemen represent a dauntless willingness to help overcome the challenges we face.
- To the Neviaser Foundation for their generosity in giving to our campaign. They are, and have been, great supporters of Morning Star School. We were grateful to have Nancy Baker attend our ceremony.
- To JoAnn Leskanic and Jamie Terry. Two strong, smart women who continue to give their time and talents through their willingness to step up and work with us on our many fundraising initiatives.
- To The Knights of Columbus for their commitment to life, to persons with disabilities, and to Morning Star School.
- To Kasper Architecture and Scherer Construction for our beautiful design work, and for making the process as painless as possible.
- To the many Diocesan parishes and schools who continue to give generously to help us build a brighter future.
- To our Morning Star family and friends. We are humbled to have the opportunity to thank you for all you do every day for our incredible kids.
This is an important moment in the life of our very special school. Having the high school program will meet such an important need for our students. We are so grateful to those who have supported our school and mission over the years and those that have stepped forward to help make this vision a reality.