- Published: Friday, 25 September 2015 03:51
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By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - Catholic education in Knox County got a boost Friday afternoon as the ribbon was cut marking the completion of a new 980 square foot first floor addition at St. Vincent de Paul School. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. Students joined teachers and staffers, board members, donors, alumni and community members outside the school for the occasion.
The addition has created a more secure and welcoming entrance as well as expanded learning space for students. In addition, aging windows first installed in the 1930’s were replaced with modern energy efficient updates.
Father Mark Hammond began by giving a brief history of the school which now sits on the 200 block of East Chestnut Street. St. Vincent de Paul parish was founded in 1842, the school came along in 1856 in a residence on MacArthur Street between High and Vine Streets. During the years of the Civil War the school was closed. It reopened in 1872 in a small school house. Many sisters have been part of the school, the sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky served at the school from 1884-1975. In 1829 a new school was built for grades K-12. In 2015, the new adminstration addition was completed.
Father Hammond also said, "So many have made this possible. I'm very grateful for the support of our parish, of our school families, and the community at large. You've made, obviously, a commitment to us and we hope that in building this building we've made a commitment to you too, that we want to continue to be here, to continue to make a positive contribution to the community of Mount Vernon and Knox County."
The ribbbon was cut with the help of four current St. Vincent students Bryan Sabula, Sophia Percy, Ellie Salvucci, and Colin Crane.
Students joined Father Mark Hammon to cut the ribbon on the new St. Vincent school addition. From left Bryan Sabula, Sophia Percy, Father Hammond, Ellie Salvucci, and Colin Crane. KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese
The ceremony wrapped up with the singing of the St. Vincent School alma mater.