HAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy has received a $50,000 grant from The John G. Martin Foundation of West Hartford to support the renovation of the biological sciences laboratory.
Construction is scheduled for this summer and an official dedication, with trustees from the foundation, will take place upon completion of the project, scheduled for late August.
Plans call for a complete transformation of the 40-year-old laboratory, which includes updating plumbing, gas and electrical, and adding new student and teacher furnishings. The laboratory will be custom-designed and will meet all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The biological sciences at Sacred Heart introduce students to a variety of opportunities, including forensic science, biotechnology, research, education, health fields and government. All students will use the new refurbished lab for biology, and all juniors will study anatomy there. Classes include both honors and college preparatory levels of biology and anatomy. The lab will also continue to be used for all science fair experiments and by those students performing independent research.
In 2007, The John G. Martin Foundation assisted in funding Sacred Heart’s molecular science research laboratory.
“We are delighted that the Foundation is once again supporting us in helping to maintain excellence in the field of science for young women. This is a testament to the important work being done here,” said Sister Sheila, in thanking the foundation’s board and its president, Frank M. Loehmann Jr.
Mr. Loehmann, of Cheshire, said that the foundation’s board had voted unanimously to approve the funding.
“The John G. Martin Foundation is proud to support the mission of Sacred Heart Academy … that of providing a challenging college preparatory education for young women,” he said.
Over the years, the academy has received significant attention from both national and local news media for its outstanding and innovative science program, particularly the cutting-edge biotechnology program.