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Notre Dame Academy Announces $7 Million Campaign - and Already Has $5 Million

Fresh off receiving a nearly $2 million gift, Notre Dame Academy announced that it is closing in on its $7 million capital campaign to renovate its 20th century building into a 21st century learning environment, according to a news release from the school.

The Excellence Without Boundaries - Empowering 21st Century Women campaign already has $5 million in the bank after six months of internal planing and preliminary gift solicitation behind the scenes. That phase ended Monday with the announcement that NDA alumna Ruth Wehage Schroer (class of 1938), bequeated $1.995 million to the Park Hills school. 

Notre Dame will work to raise the remaining $2 million over the next 12 months.

The campaign will support four funding priorities: chapel renovation; a 21st Century Collaborative Learning Center; a new food court and student commons; and elevator and ADA compliance.

With a focus on the spiritual formation of its students, Notre Dame Academy plans to renovate and expand its chapel so that it will hold at least one full grade level and their teachers.

NDA's 21st Century Collaborative Learning Center will support the new and innovative ways that NDA students utilize a library to access online resources and collaborate with others to problem solve and create new ideas, a news release said. 

The goal for NDA's new food court and student commons is to create a space that will serve as a home away from home for students. It will provide an environment that is conducive to quiet study time and accommodate small or large group events as well as the entire NDA student body for assemblies and presentations. 

A second elevator in NDA's school building will provide equal access for all. Half floor areas will be renovated into classroom spaces that will be fully accessible to provide equal access.

“This is an exciting time for Notre Dame Academy," said NDA President Dr. Laura Koehl. "Through our Excellence Without Boundaries campaign, we have embraced the bold vision God has for us: equipping our students to lead the way as Catholics in this globally competitive information age. This campaign powerfully supports NDA's commitment to academic excellence and mission of educating young women to make a difference in the world.”

-Staff report