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Precious Blood School i B r00,sper scho, fl challenges students a00:aclemically and spiritually !!i DISCOVER SCHOOLS The following article was prepared by John Seger, principal at Precious Blood School, Jasper. Precious Blood of our Di- vine Savior Catholic: Church -- known to Jasper residents as simply "Pre- cious Blood," is the newest of the three Catholic parish- es serving the city and sur- rounding area. In 1954 Bishop, Henry Grimmelsman purchased 10 acres front the William Lech- her farm for $8000. (An ad- ditional four acres were pur- chased in 1967.) Tile parish was planned along High- way 56, West 6th Street. In August 1954, the Rev. Ralph Endress was assigned as founding pastor. For the first three years, members gathered at St. Joseph's Church. In 1956 enough money had been raised so that building plans could be made. It was diocesan policy that every new parish build a Catholic ele- mentary school. Precious Blood's plans called fox" classrooms for the scbool, as well as an at- tached gymlasium struc- ture which would serve as At left, a young "Abraham Lincoln" speaks to students on Great Americans Day. Above, an aerial view of the parish facility show the church and school building. the congregation's church. The pastor and the Sisters of Providence who taught in the school were also to have their quarters in the building. During 1956 and 1957, the major parish building was constructed. When completed, the cost was about $450,000. By Octo- ber, 1957, it was ready to go into service. The school opened on Oclot)er 28. Bishop Grimmelsman cel- ebrated a Solemn Mass to dedicate the building on November 24. Sister hnelda Therese, S.P., was the first princi- pal at Precious Blood School. In 1(,)57. there were three tea(:hers, all re- ligious, for 156 students. During the next 10 vears, living space was buil! for the religious, and addi- ti(mal (:lassrooms and li- I)rary were added to the school. In 1990 a major renova- tion took place in the orig- inal Church/School build- ing. A completely new heating and air condition- ing system was installed throughout the school por- tion of tile building (the church was already air conditioned). Along with this work the whole cafe- teria area was reworked to improve usefulness as well as acoustics and ap- pearance. At this lime the area was renamed Endress Hall in memory of the parish's first pastor, Father Ralt)h Endress who had passed away in 1989. Precious Blood School continues to offer quality Catholic cdu(:ation to tile people of Jasper and the sur- rounding area. This year we are happy to provide these services to 183 young pea" pie and their families in Qur Nursery School through Grade 5 t)rogram. Any mention of Precious Blood School would IIOI be coInplete without thanking the parish members for their tremendot|s support. This support is given in many ways. The time and tale, nt of those involved ill otlr School Volunteer Prograxn, Board of Edu(:ation, I.P.T., an(t th(; othcr boards ad (:on]mittees of the l)ax'ish, as well as the financial suppq of the parish ill general. are a very energeti(: st:hoe that is always looking ft ways to challenge, our sttl, dent body, t)oth academical: ly and spiritually. Our school is actively in- volved in many programs ". Cultural Fair, Spring ca], Caper Paper, foreig language, essay and oratarl cal contests, LiturgieS, Thanksgiving Toy DriVe, nursing home visitationS, etc., etc., all of which are li well I I designed to educate as {t[ as invigorate the students a Precious Blood. Third grader Adam Helm gives a card to his father's first cousin, Henry Helm, at the Jasper Nursing Center, left. Reaching out to others is as much a part of school tradition as is making music, above. I! Four-year-olds,in the nursery school enjoy themselves ill [[ s I! "Volunteers, staff at Precious Blood 7 Ii 1991-1992 Board of Education members at Precious .,iit }| Bloo&School, Jasper, are the following: Barb Scherl6, Diana] I| Gramelspacher, Judy Gosman, Christine Krodel Dave :;}! } Wehr, Gary Adersl IVIike Hoffman, Terry Birk and Mike ii] ]| Pfau, Ex officio members are Father Joseph Kane, Sister ] |1 Mildred Geisler, S.P., and J:hn ,Sager, ill 'li Officers of the IPT (Interested Parents and Teachers) ::] I! Group are Mike Ackerman, president; Jo Ann Frick, vice ] [[ president; Janet Toy, secretary, and Susan Berg, treasurer. ,, School s lc hnSogor K !mY Hop n s61 t chi".K Members of the 1991-92 staff pose for a group photo at Precious Blood School, Jasper.