On Thursday, Oct. 18, the entire student body of Mount Saint Charles Academy is scheduled to walk around Woonsocket in an effort to raise money through the school’s annual Walkathon. All of the donations received will go towards Mount’s ongoing vast classroom renovation initiative. In addition, 10 percent of the profits will benefit the Brother Michael Scholarship Fund.
The students will leave Mount around 8 a.m. and head toward Wolny soccer field. They will be en route for the bike path, and will then continue towards the Manville Dam parking lot where they will turn around to make their journey back to Mount. All students should be back on the Mount Saint Charles campus around noon. There will be faculty and staff placed throughout the route to ensure supervision and safety.
Because of money raised at past Walkathons coupled with designated donations throughout the years, the school has been able to create 5 brand new and state of the art science labs, a technology lab, 2 additional classrooms, a new gym complex, and a new fine arts wing. This summer, the remaining 9 class rooms on Mount’s third floor were gutted and totally reconstructed. The total cost for each room to be renovated was between $50,000 and $60,000. When construction finished in August, this portion of the renovation project had a total cost of $750,000 and resulted in 12 brand new classrooms.
Dr. Donald Demers, Director of Institutional Advancement, said, “All of this has only been possible because of the efforts of our students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. Not only does their generous participation make this a great fundraising event for the school, but it also gives all of our Mounties the chance to come together and show their Mount pride and spirit.”