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GROUNDBREAKING AND BLESSING OF THE BIENES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL

Excitement was felt by all at St. Thomas Aquinas as Archbishop John C. Favalora blessed the land and turned the first shovel of turf to mark the site of the new Bienes Performing Arts Center. The ceremonial groundbreaking took place on the beautiful morning of December 6th under a big tent at the building site on Davie Blvd. The momentous occasion consisted of an opening prayer, greeting, and reflection by the Archbishop and a welcome by Principal Tina Jones. Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly acknowledged major contributors Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bienes, as well as contributors Mr. and Mrs. Damon DeSantis, Mr. and Mrs. Manny Velar and the many other benefactors and sponsors who have committed to supporting his vision for this project.

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE CAMPAIGN UPDATE

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant”. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

DEAR ALUMNI,

It is my pleasure to write a few words to all of you,

especially

at

this

St. Thomas Aquinas High School has the privilege of planting the seeds of Excellence in Everything in our students each and every day. Our commitment to providing state of the art facilities for today’s Raiders can be seen in the new George Smith Athletic Center which is taking shape before our eyes. Equipped with new girls’ and boys’ locker rooms, an audio-visual room, a modern weight room, a training and rehabilitation room, offices for coaching staff, a trophy display room and 6 new classrooms, the George Smith Athletic Center will be the perfect environment for our student-athletes.

The Raider tradition of excellence continues with the construction of the Bienes Performing Arts Center. Standing in front of our current campus, and along Davie Blvd, the Bienes Performing Arts Center will allow our students to explore theater, dance, music, and film as well as participate in many aspects of managing such endeavors. Our new theater will be home to local and international stage productions expanding the Raider students’ cultural education immensely.

exciting

time for our

school.

We want for

time

and energy,

we

have

received

the

both of

our major

projects.

After much

you

to

be

involved

in

Bienes Performing Arts will be located across

final go ahead construction Center. This magnificent from the main entrance

for the of the facility of the

school and project, the progress.

visible to all from Davie Blvd. Our second George Smith Athletic Center, is making great The second floor walls are already near

completion! construction

Please come by to see both of sites and take pride in what is

these being

accomplished for our students and their families.

Every generation of Raider students is able to enjoy the benefits of growth and progress because of the generosity of past and present families. We are grateful for your continued interest in your school and our program and look to you for financial and prayerful support.

We are counting on you to grow these projects. The “seeds” of your financial support will enrich the cultural and athletic soil at St. Thomas Aquinas for generations to come. Be a part of the most rewarding harvest - the STA experience! For more information, please contact Sharon Sullivan, Executive Director of Development, 954-327-2187.

God Bless,

Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly, Supervising Principal

School News 3

Alum Giving 4

Sports

Reunions Upcoming

Alum

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Alum in the News 5

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