Hudson -- Seton Catholic School opened its Valentine Family Center with a "student friendly" event, according to Patricia Fritz, Seton director of communications and admissions.
The Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, was slated to celebrate Mass and bless the new addition March 12, but weather conditions forced the school to close and cancel the event.
The postponed dedication was March 14 and was student led, according to Fritz.
After a student-led prayer service, the official ribbon cutting has staged and then the gym was turned over to the students for a basket shooting session which concluded the event.
In keeping with the student event, each student's name was placed in a random drawing to determine who would get the honor of shooting the first baskets in the new gym. A student from each of the nine classes was chosen.
Encompassing 17,000 square feet, the new Valentine family center was built at a cost of $2 million.
The center houses the Kathleen Anne Watson competition gymnasium, the Crusader Sports Heritage Lobby, the Burton Morgan Foundation concession and ticket office and the Paul F. and Margaret M. Wutz Foundation Performing Arts Stage. Included in the project is the Smith Family Pavilion, outdoor classroom space.
"The new gymnasium provides a space that will complete the Seton Catholic School experience for all. The Kathleen Anne Watson Gymnasium is a fully-functioning competition gymnasium with six basketball hoops, three volleyball options, divisible half-court practice areas, scoreboards, public address system, and retractable bleacher seating for 300," reported Fritz.
According to Fritz, the Wutz Foundation Performing Arts Center offers space for students to display their fine and performing arts talents, host speaker series, sponsor guest performances. The Crusader Sports Heritage Lobby offers space for team photos, awards, and trophies. The Smith Family Pavilion outdoor classroom adds a large space for all grades to learn. Seton was established in 1996.