DANBURY, CT - Sister Mary John O'Rourke,OSU, Principal of ST. GREGORY THE GREAT SCHOOL received a major award from the

National Catholic Education Association(NCEA).

Every year, the NCEA honors Home and School Associations which have created outstanding programs to enhance the life of the school community. The NCEA has named the science lab construction project at St. Gregory's the Home and School Project of the Year.

Three years ago,the Home School Association and the Alumni Association, with help from an anonymous donor, raised $150,000 toward the building of a new science lab. A team of graduates and fathers put in 15 months of construction work (saving $50,000 in labor costs), resulting in a 2,000 square-foot science lab with 30 laptop computers, 29 microscopes(12 of them digital), a Smart Board, seven sinks, a skeleton model, and dissecting tools.

AWESOME "It's awesome!" says Sister Mary John."They have assumed the responsibility as partners in the education of their children and their contributions are continuing. I'm grateful that the NCEA recognized them."

Three representatives of the association received the award at the NCEA convention in Atlanta, GA, in April, 2006.

The following paragraph sums up an honor that has been given to St. Gregory the Great School.

October 2008

Saint Gregory the Great School has been nominated for


This prestigious program honors the most successful public and private schools in the nation. The students of Saint Gregory the Great School have demonstrated high performance in reading and mathematics which places them in the top 10% of the schools across the country.

Congratulations to Sister Mary John, the faculty and students of St. Gregory the Great School.