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St. Laurences school fund raising drive

Board of Management members, Chairman David O'Grady, Laura Alcock, Barry Deay, and Jackie Ward, at the Launch Night for St. Laurence's new National School.Photo Tony Keane.

Board of Management members, Chairman David O'Grady, Laura Alcock, Barry Deay, and Jackie Ward, at the Launch Night for St. Laurence's new National School.Photo Tony Keane.

Up to 80 people turned out last Thursday night April 10 for the launch of the fund raising drive for the new St. Laurences National School, Crookstown, which is being built near the existing school.

The information night was held at Hearbeat Safety, Crookstown Retail Park where visitors were welcomed with a cheese and wine reception. The plans for the 20-classroom primary school building and a 3D Model were also on display.

“We wanted people to come along and get an idea of what is being planned,” said Board of Management member, Laura Alcock, “We were delighted with the turnout.”

Just last month the sod was turned for the 600-pupil school after a hard fought seven year campaign.

Construction work is underway and it is expected pupils will move into the building in September 2016. The site was generously donated by Fr. Frank McEvoy.

The build is being financed by the Department of Education but additional school equipment will have to be financed by the community. The Board of Management has embarked on a fund raising campaign to meet those costs.

The first event lined up is a race night on April 26 at St. Laurence’s GAA complex. Committee members have race cards with horse and race sponsorship for sale. People are also encouraged to go along and bet on the night.

A number of other events are planned over the coming months.

The building of the new school is a milestone event for the community of Crookstown and surrounding areas.

The Board of Management thanked everyone involved in getting the project off the ground.

 

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