KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Kalihi have some new high-tech learning tools.
The school's science and computer center was unveiled Wednesday during a blessing and dedication ceremony. The 5,000 square foot facility has desktops, laptops, and projection screens.
The entire 224 student body, along with teachers, staff and parents gathered for the grand opening.
The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation generously provided a $1.5 million grant in November 2009 that made this dream a reality for this small Kalihi school "making a difference in the lives of our keiki." The school expansion project has also focused on adopting a "green" approach in the building design.
St. John the Baptist School is one of the smallest private schools in Hawaii, with an enrollment capacity of 300 students PK-8th grade.
The new computer lab was the first major expansion in the school's history, increasing the school's physical capacity by nearly one third.