SOUTH HOLLAND | Christ Our Savior Catholic School math and science teacher Kevin McMillen officially opened the school’s new Science Discovery Lab at a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Family Back-to-School BBQ on Aug. 23.
With parents, students and staff in attendance, Principal Karen Brodzik welcomed guests to the new lab and Executive Pastor the Rev. Patrick Lyons presided over the blessing of the facility.
“I am excited with the response of parents and students to the new science lab," Brodzik said. "Students see that they can be creative with hands-on work and experiment in a variety of science areas. I think they will truly embrace the experiences they will have in the lab.”
Christ Our Savior Catholic School, 900 E. 154th St., now has a dedicated classroom for the pursuit of science and discovery. The lab is available to students in all grade levels and will soon include fish, gerbils, mice, and other small-cage animals which will be cared for by the students. McMillen also provided significant sweat equity to the project including sanding and repainting lab tables in vivid colors, painting walls and creating a foam border which reads: Science Discovery Lab. Each lab table accommodates pairs of students who will have computer and Internet access as well as access to an electric microscope that can be viewed through a computer monitor. Desk-top and hand-held microscopes, basic lab equipment and other supplies are also contained in the lab.
“This lab brings a new excitement to the academic program," said Kim Walker, parent to a second-grader. "It’s great to see the improvements in the building, but more importantly, the additions to the curriculum.” The response of students has been exciting as well.
Donations to enhance the new Science Discovery Lab are being accepted.
Call the school office at (708) 333-8173 for information. Additional information is available on the school’s website at www.christoursaviorcatholicschool.com and on its Facebook page.