Campus School of Carlow University Kicks Off 50th Anniversary

Bishop Zubik’s Celebration of Mass is Followed by a Picnic on the Green

Although a sixth grade student from 1963 may be contemplating retirement today, the Campus School of Carlow University – which was founded in 1963 – is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and preparing for many more years of educating children.

“For the past 50 years, the Campus School of Carlow University has been in the forefront of innovation and creativity in teaching,” said Michelle Peduto, the executive director and head of the school, which teaches Pre-K through grade eight and Montessori classes for ages 3 through 6 and 6 through 9. “As I look at our dedicated staff and the achievements of our students, I am constantly amazed at all we have accomplished, and am excited for what the coming years hold for our school.”

In September 1963, Sister Mary Paul Hickey opened the Mount Mercy College Campus School, for kindergarten through sixth grade, as a demonstration school for Mount Mercy College’s (as Carlow University was known then) School of Education.

“The goal was to provide opportunities for college students preparing for elementary school teaching to observe and participate in excellent teaching and enthusiastic learning,” said Sister Mary Paul, the school’s founder and a member of the Sisters of Mercy. “The Campus School has grown beyond anything I could have imagined.”

The kick-off event for the Campus School’s year long celebration of its 50th anniversary will occur on Saturday, September 14, 2013, when the Most Reverend David Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for all the blessings bestowed on faculty, parents, and their children during its history. A special remembrance will be made of deceased students and faculty members.

In addition to the Mass and remembrance, faculty emeritus awards will be given to Sister Marilyn Froehlich and Sister Vivian McElhinney. The Legacy Award will be presented to Ruth and Fred Egler, and the Director Emeritus Award will be given to Sister Mary Paul Hickey.

The entire Carlow community, Campus School alumni, their parents and friends are invited to attend this kick-off celebration. The day’s events are as follows:

  • 2 – 3:30 PM – Alumni reunion with current students providing tours of the Campus School.
  • 4 PM – Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Zubik, in the St. Agnes Center of Carlow University, the former St. Agnes Church, located on Fifth Avenue, near the intersection of Fifth and Robinson Street.
  • 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Picnic on the Carlow University campus green, located adjacent to Tiernan Hall, on the Carlow University campus.

For more information on the event, please call Maria DeFeo at (412) 578-6158.

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