A New School Opens in the City of Wayne, MI

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The dedication and ribbon cutting for St. Joseph's School will take place on May 2, 2011 at 6 p.m.

The Grand Opening of St. Joseph’s School will take place on Monday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m at 34530 Sims Avenue in Wayne, MI. Mayor Haidous will preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house will follow.

This is the culmination of more than 2 years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication of scores of individuals as well as the generosity of more than 100 companies from Michigan and across the U.S. who donated most of the building materials.

A testimony to tenacity, faith and diligence, the new school was formerly a run-down sandwich shop in dire need of cleaning, repair and renovation. A momentous task at any time, obtaining the funding, labor and material was made more difficult by the poor Michigan economy. The effort was led by the Pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Father Francisco Radecki, CMRI who is not one to turn away from a challenge.

St. Joseph’s School was one of the recipients of a grant from Michigan Energy Works as well. This $50,000 grant included a solar awning that helps supply power to the school and a weather station that monitors current meteorological conditions and provides a real-life science lesson for the students.

Additional grant funding was also obtained from the Barron Hilton Foundation and the Carroll Shelby Foundation who also donated an autographed model car and gifts for the students.

The new school is truly a light in the rather dark past year in the City of Wayne. Devastated by the poor economy, the city also experienced the tragedy of the explosion of a downtown furniture store that killed 2 people. Amazingly, the new school is only 6 blocks from where the explosion took place.

If you desire an interview or have further questions, please contact Fr. Radecki at 734-729-8228.

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