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Cathedral school opens five outdoor classrooms

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St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington cut the ribbon for five outdoor spaces outfitted with large white tents, desks, tables, chairs and whiteboards Feb. 9.


Father Patrick L. Posey, rector, blessed the classrooms accompanied by Principal Catherine Davis, Assistant Principal Nelda Thomas and students of parents who led the Race for Education Committee that raised nearly $70,000 in donations last fall from the St. Thomas More school community and parish. The classrooms will be used for student instruction, lunch and ministry groups, and are named after saints chosen by the students: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Juan Diego, St. Junipero Serra, St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres.


Father Posey blessed the new space as "a place to hold meetings and functions, to be outside during lunch with your classmates, to be nourished and strengthened in mind, body and soul."


“Numerous studies have shown students benefit from being outdoors and our parents


supported this project because with COVID it is a priority to have fresh air and circulation as much as possible,” said Davis. “The community has been incredibly grateful and supportive of our in-person instruction five days a week.”


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021