Mater Dei Prep Receives $250,000 Gift for Science Labs
Thanks to generous gifts from two alumni, the Donald Froude and Edwin “Skip” McLaughlin Science Center is scheduled to open in the 2018-2019 school year. The extensive renovations will transform the existing labs into cutting-edge learning environments for chemistry and biology.
"Mater Dei Prep is very grateful that these 1974 classmates have committed to supporting the creation of our new science center,” said Don Galante, President of Mater Dei Prep. “The disciplines of science and technology are valued by colleges as they are the key drivers of 21st century intellectual and economic innovation. Having state-of-the-art facilities significantly enhances the college prep curriculum for Mater Dei Prep students,” Galante said. The new center will include islands and workstations with ample worktop space, offering easy access to services like electricity, water and gas, as well as technologies like USB and data ports. The design of the labs will allow teachers to interact seamlessly with students for more effective instruction.
Skip McLaughlin is excited to see the impact his gift will have on the Mater Dei Prep students. “Mater Dei made such a difference in my life,” McLaughlin said. “I’m happy to give back to this wonderful institution. I know my gift will help enhance the college prep experience at Mater Dei.”
“Philanthropy and community service have always been a major part of the Mater Dei experience,” added Don Froude. “As an alumnus, I’m proud to be able to support the school as it continues to provide its students with an exemplary education.”
According to Galante, Mater Dei Prep is also developing an advanced curriculum and cocurricular program to best utilize the new facilities. The curriculum will incorporate science and math across all disciplines to teach students to effectively solve problems in everyday life, with a focus on hands-on activities, creative thinking and collaboration. “This curriculum will be more than teaching subject matter,” said Galante. “It will be active learning that empowers and inspires students to think creatively to find solutions to problems.”
The science lab renovation comes on the heels of other capital improvements the school has made in the past year, including the opening of a writing and math lab supported by the Mater Dei Prep PTO, and the new Emerging Global Leaders Institute made possible through a grant from OceanFirst Foundation.