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Donors Fund Mercy’s STEAM Vision

March 27, 2018
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School continues to move full STEAM ahead thanks to the generosity of donors who have committed funds for the renovation of the school’s biology, chemistry and physics laboratories.  The school has expanded its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curriculum, and the laboratories will be updated to reflect state-of-the-art industry standards for presenting current and integrated STEAM curriculum.  

Preparing young women for the careers of the 21st Century is a key tenant of Mercy’s Strategic Plan.  The national job market is exploding in STEAM-related opportunities.  The school understands that colleges are demanding high school graduates—especially underrepresented groups like young women and minorities—who exhibit high-level skills in science and math. Mercy’s STEAM curriculum emphasizes innovative thinking, collaboration, and the application of interdisciplinary knowledge to enhance problem-solving skills.

The renovated spaces will be packed with technology to best complement the information transfer that occurs in these disciplines; the flexible furnishing and fixtures will allow for interactive experimentation and the collaborative nature of today’s education, and the modern look and feel will attract young minds and serve students for years to come. Specific enhancements will include updated workspace islands, integrated projection systems for sharing of knowledge, upgraded gas, water and electrical infrastructure, digital analysis enhancements, and improved lighting and ventilation.  Cost for the renovation is estimated at $1 million.

“Mercy is following through on its academically centered commitment to a rigorous curriculum that provides everything young women need to succeed,” said Principal, Sarah Regan.

That initiative began at FIESTA, with a special segment called Fill the Monarch that raised close to $160,000, thanks to a matching grant of $75,000 from the Dr. C. C. and Mabel Criss Memorial Foundation. Momentum is building with anonymous gifts and pledges from an alumna, a local corporation, and a foundation that has issued a challenge grant for $400,000. These gifts and pledges total nearly $700,000, and the Advancement office has numerous funding requests under review and in process. The school is confident it will reach its goal. 

“Mercy is fortunate to have donors who understand our educational vision and know their investments will transform students’ lives,” said President, Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM. 

Mercy has worked with HDR, Project Advocates and Morrissey Engineering, to develop a vision, inventory of needs for these spaces, and overall design.  The renovation will take place in the summer of 2018. 

Please consider supporting this important initiative by contacting Jim Pogge, Vice President for Advancement, at 402.553.9424 ext. 102 or at