Published October 13, 2011
ATLANTA–Holy Spirit Preparatory School held a rededication for its Lower School building and field on Sept. 29, after a $2 million renovation was completed over the summer.
The renovated Lower School building houses students from kindergarten through fourth grade. Holy Spirit Prep’s current enrollment for grades kindergarten through sixth is 351 students.
The structure, originally built in 1937, was modernized throughout, including the entrance, foyer and hallways. Every classroom was updated with technology that allows teachers to transfer information from a computer screen and project it onto an interactive whiteboard.
The capstone of the summer renovations was a two-acre, state-of-the-art synthetic turf field for soccer and recess. The six soccer goals are not new, but their nets are.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory presided at a morning Mass just prior to the dedication.
Sandy Springs’ Mayor Eva Galambos assisted with the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place on the steps of the portico of the school’s entrance. Representatives from the architecture firm, Cooper Cary, and the general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, attended the event.
During the week following the rededication, each grade buried time capsules in the courtyard garden to commemorate the event, including Bible verses, essays, mementos, photographs and rosary beads they had made.
In a talk to the students about the capsules, principal Kyle Pietrantonio said, “The hope is that when you and your classmates unearth your capsule some years down the road you will remember this special occasion. You will remember the beautiful space in which you learned, played and prayed. You will remember the wonderful teachers who taught you not just the three R’s—reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic—but also religion—and how to become young women and men for others. In short, how to live out our school motto—‘To serve, not to be served.’”