Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 7, 2013

St. Augustine event looks to raise cash to build a new gym at 100-year-old school

St. Augustine School is looking to build a new gymnasium and will use it sixth annual Spring Extravaganza this weekend to raise some of the money needed.

On Saturday, March 9, St. Augustine School, located at the corner of Chestnut and Central streets, will host the event, the school’s major fundraiser each year.

St. Augustine School has never had a gymnasium. Students and faculty use a small black top surface and grass playing field, in addition to the Knights of Columbus Hall located two blocks away, for physical education during the school year.

The school is looking to ‘expand its current 26 Central St. location in a way that would both maintain downtown Andover curb appeal and deliver a much needed physical asset to the school,” according to a release.

“We will soon celebrate St. Augustine School’s 100 year anniversary,” said Paula O’Dea, principal of St. Augustine School. “To mark this monumental occasion and to update our school to meet the demands of a growing student body, an on-property gymnasium is a logical next step. We have infinite appreciation for the volume of area businesses, organizations and individuals that have given of themselves to help us achieve this milestone.”

The St. Augustine Spring Extravaganza, themed “A Night of Champions,” will this year be held at Salvatore’s at the Riverwalk in Lawrence. Organizers reported that businesses have not only supported the event, but provided auction items including: signed Taylor Swift concert and sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia including some from Dustin Pedroia and John Lackey of the Boston Red Sox and Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins. Donors have contributed hundreds of items including summer camps, museums, makeovers, gift certificates, gift baskets and excursions.

Tickets for the live event are sold out, but St. Augustine School continues its fundraising efforts through an online auction via

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