OMAHA, Neb. — Mary Our Queen Catholic School and Parish is already buzzing with children all the way from Pre-K to 8th grade. But now there's a need for more space, especially for the little ones.
With the help of donations from parishioners and a privately funded capital campaign, Mary Our Queen Catholic School and Parish will now add an early education and youth center right across the street from the current building.
The $3.1 million project will feature new classrooms, a collaboration space, storage and room of extracurriculars.
"We'll be nearly doubling our preschool size. It will enable us to offer some real flexibility to our families, different kinds of programs for preschool - 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, all day, half day, mixture of both," principal Maureen Hoy said.
Katie Murphy, the director of stewardship and development for the parish, says more space is needed due to the vastly growing neighborhood.
"We're seeing changing demographics right here in our neighborhood...with a lot of new families moving in, but really with the draw from other areas as well. We see a great demand and need for this building," she said.
Construction is set to wrap up in the fall, just in time for the fall semester. Enrollment is now open and the school is accepting applications.