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Northeast News | Holy Cross Catholic School will inaugurate the construction of a new community center in 2022

By EllieAna Hale

Holy Cross School on Quincy Avenue plans to break ground this summer on the construction of a community center that will include a multipurpose facility for school and community use.

The construction of the community center is funded by the Shine Brightly campaign of the Bright Futures Fund, an organization which, according to the A bright future website, “strives to challenge and encourage Kansas City students to discover their full potential while developing a personal relationship with Christ.”

The new community center facilities will include an expanded early childhood development center, community meeting and social services space, a multipurpose sports facility and an outdoor play area.

“We bought two houses right next to the school and had them demolished,” said Shelley Henn, director of Holy Cross. “We’re supposed to innovate maybe this summer.”

The community center is a long-awaited renovation project for Holy Cross, and it is hoped that it will be an opportunity to bring community-focused organizations together. The project has been in the works for over two years and the school is very excited to start this summer.

“We were kind of delayed just because of the cost of construction and then the materials couldn’t get here, all of which happened as collateral damage from the pandemic,” Henn said. “It will have a gym and four preschool rooms, a kitchen, and it’s a space we plan to share with the community and partnerships.”

The Community Center Project was originally created and started by former Headmistress Barb Deane and has been a growing project that the school is willing to undertake for the betterment of the student body at Holy Cross.

“Right now the students are currently using the gym which is not adequate to hold games and there are no seats for parents,” Henn said. “It’s just not a good place for kids.

“To get our kids more involved, we want to be able to organize games and have our own teams,” Henn said.

The community center is intended to be a space for all students to participate in activities that will allow them to become more involved not only in the school, but also in the community. Additionally, the space is planned to be used for preschool services and events.

“We also wanted a gym for all the kids, and we had done a study in that area and determined that around our school was basically a preschool wasteland,” Henn said. “So there was a need for kindergarten. It was then that the former director came up with the idea of ​​sharing the space and having a kindergarten and a beautiful facility where the children can participate.

The plan to work with community organizations is an additional driving factor that will allow this project to truly be a big part of the future of the North East community.

“We also want to partner with other people to enter and use our space,” Henn said. “Mattie Rhodes for example, we worked a lot with them. They could do their Soccer for Success program or whatever they want to do at our facility.

This growing project will bring an exciting new addition to all students in the North East region and allow many to cultivate success.

“The Holy Spirit has inspired the hearts and minds of so many of us for this ex-quote project,” said Jeremy Lillig, Executive Director of Bright Futures. “When we started, we had no idea the Spirit was leading us to this wonderful day.”

More information about Sainte-Croix can be found at www.hcskcmo.org.