9/14/2011 11:50:00 AM Portland - Archbishop Howard School
Archbishop Howard School photo
Fr. Peter Smith, Phill Colombo, Chris Campbell, Becky Stubbs, Annette Navarro, Steve Malany, Joe Van Haverbeke, Richard Cheek, Jacob McDougall and Karen Asbury
Archbishop Howard School at St. Rose kicked off its 25th anniversary year with a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the construction of a covered playground and outdoor learning center on Aug. 6.
The new structure is designed to provide protection from rain for the students of Archbishop Howard School at St. Rose and parishioners of St. Rose of Lima, as well as neighborhood families as they gather and play. The space promotes physical fitness, sports and healthy living for the whole community and will also be used as a learning space for the school’s environmental science curriculum.
More than 75 guests, made up of school parents and children, parishioners, alumni, staff and community members, were in attendance. Presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony was Principal Karen Asbury, pastor Father Peter Smith, and project manager Steve Malany. Alumni Zac Rego, Max Pinder and Jake Putney played music while guests mingled before the ceremony began.
Neighboring parish Our Lady of Lavang priests, Domus Dei Father Bartholomew Dat Pham and Father Francis Quyet Bui were also in attendance. After opening remarks and blessing of the ground, 10 school and parish representatives were given golden shovels to rearrange dirt uncovered by the recent removal of asphalt at the project site to mark the beginning of the project.
A committee of parents, administrators, parish and community members began planning and designing the new structure in fall 2010. Fundraising began at the school’s annual auction, “A Night at Tiffany’s” in February and will continue as the center is constructed, through the beginning of the school year. Completion is slated for October.
The covered playground and outdoor learning center is the largest project AHS at St. Rose has undertaken since the school’s inception in 1986.