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PVI Breaks Ground for New Student Center
By Michael Flach HERALD Editor (From the issue of 5/17/01)

FAIRFAX CITY — Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde led a parade of civic and school officials at the May 8 groundbreaking for the new $6.5 million student activity center at Paul VI Catholic High School.

The new center will include a gathering space for the entire student body, three classrooms, gymnasium, locker rooms, weight room, movable stage, storage for athletic and stage equipment, offices, laundry facilities and concession stand.

Bishop Loverde said the center will help form the "total personality" of Paul VI students, whom he described as tomorrow’s leaders in the Church and society.

The integrated growth of the soul, mind, body, spirit and heart is the reason that Paul VI High School exists, the bishop said.

"I am confident that our future is in secure hands," he said. These students are "articulate people of God" who "will make the difference for tomorrow."

The groundbreaking is the result of five years of planning and fund-raising by the school to refurbish its grounds. A diocesan grant earlier this year permitted school officials to address some needed repairs on the old building and conclude fund-raising for the new center.

Air conditioning will be installed in the current building and the school locker rooms will be torn down before construction begins on the new center.

Philip Robey, Paul VI principal, recognized the contributions of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who staffed the school from its inception in 1983 until the close of the 2000 school year. Father John Lyle, O.S.F.S., the school’s last Oblate principal, was on hand for the event, as was Father Kevin Nadolski, O.S.F.S., principal at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.

"The new center will be a quality building that will make us proud for years to come," said Robey. "But it is the Paul VI students who make us proud everyday."

Kate Hanley, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, told the audience that learning isn’t always done in the classroom setting.

The new center "is a wonderful addition to this community," she said.

The celebration included entertainment by the school band. Options students led the Pledge of Allegiance and Tom Hedderson, chair of PVI’s science department chair, was master of ceremonies.

Father Frank Ready, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Annandale and chairman of the school’s Board of Governors, gave the invocation. Dr. Timothy McNiff, superintendent of schools, and senior Megan Moran, student government executive board president, also addressed the crowd.

Copyright ?2001 Arlington Catholic Herald.  All rights reserved.

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