- A Northwoods Parish wants to raise at least two million dollars to renovate its schools and church.
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School needs technology and infrastructure upgrades. One of the school's buildings hasn't been updated since the 1950s.
School leaders think it's important to also upgrade the school's wireless ability. The school has SmartBoards, iPads, and laptops, but they want the equipment to work better.
"This is 21st century learning," says Nativity School principal Shirley Heise. "We can have all of the equipment in the world but we need to make sure our wireless is capable of handling all that our students need to do."
One of the big changes at Nativity North is to move the school office. Right now, it's not at the opening door of the school.
The school has a security system with cameras. No one can get inside of the building if the office doesn't let them in, but, they don't want to take any risks.
"At the other building, they walk all the way down the hall to get to the office. [After the renovations,] they'll walk into a vestibule, go right to the office. It's much safer. It's much more convenient for our guests and our school parents," says Heise. "It's certainly easier for our school secretary to be able to man what's going on in the building."
There are also many renovations planned for Nativity South.
"The plan is to redo the gym floor. Convert our present media center into a cafeteria, which is used to be in the 60s," says Heise. ["We want to also] use two other classrooms to create the media center."
The parish also wants to renovate the church. They've launched the "Growing Together" campaign to get the project started.
This isn't the first campaign used to raise funds.
"We had done a campaign previously which was tremendously successful. However, the foundation that was supporting that campaign, in 2008 things became financially difficult," says Heise. "We were not able to obtain the funds from that foundation."
Money from that fund will be put towards the new campaign.
The school hopes to get the renovations started June 7, 2015.