As surely as today’s students and families see DeLaSalle as a gateway to their future, so too should the entire school community envision and create a campus that welcomes students from every neighborhood and provides that gateway into the global society. DeLaSalle must seize this moment and look into the future: to renovate and create modern, on-campus facilities for current students and generations of Islanders to come.
There is a terrific energy at DeLaSalle right now. The number of applications alone suggests that a lot of families want to join our community. All of us play an important role, working together to maximize the benefits of a Lasallian education for our current students, even while planning to be even better for generations to come. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to move ahead toward an even better future at DeLaSalle.
The Center for Innovative Learning / Other Campus Enhancements
The centerpiece for campus expansion and renovation will be a new Center for Innovative Learning, to open by the fall of 2016. This project presents an opportunity to redesign the campus and do something that is long overdue: replace locker and weight rooms in the middle of the campus with modern and multi-dimensional classroom space. We should put new and innovative learning spaces – academic spaces — in the first floor corridor of the school, between the main entries.
“Gateway to the Future” Campaign is Off to a Great Start
There are two key components to the “Gateway to the Future” campaign at DeLaSalle. Over the next five years, we seek to raise capital gifts toward construction of the Center for Innovative Learning and other campus expansion and enhancements, while increasing support for financial assistance programs by at least five percent.
As the “Gateway to the Future” campaign is launched, we have great news to report. From only the first 13 gifts made to the campaign as of December 1, 2014, we have already received commitments in excess of $6,500,000 toward the Center for Innovative Learning and campus improvements. This includes a lead gift of $2,500,000 from longtime benefactors, David ’55 and Marlys Thies, as well as two lead gifts of $1,000,000 apiece from highly respected local foundations, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and the David and Barbara Koch Family Foundation, pledges that are to be paid during the course of the campaign and on-campus construction.