[DC 35] Union Tradesmen Make Generous Donation Of Time And Skills

 “Thank God for the generosity of District Council 35 Painters and Allied Trades, stated Maryann Crush, who heads the board of directors at Saint Peter Academy, which is celebrating its 10th year of service to the families of South Boston. St. Peter Academy has a core group of volunteers and parents that help to maintain the building and playground on West Fourth Street. There is one part time person on staff to maintain the building and the school community relies on volunteers to help with painting, cleaning, gardening, and general maintenance of the building. Volunteers do what they can, which is much appreciated, but not everything can be done as the building is overwhelming large.

South Boston resident and union representative Ray Pickup and his team came into the school and completely made the classrooms and hallways on the first level look brand new. All the walls are flat again and beautifully painted. Maryann Crush, who was completely overwhelmed with joy and according to Ray, shed a tear as she gazed into the remodeled rooms. “These guys are truly masters of their trade”, she said.“District Council 35 Painters and Allied trades are all about giving back to the communities that have raised our members. St. Peter Academy is doing everything in their power to offer affordable exemplary education opportunities to the families in South Boston and surrounding communities. We heard that they might need some assistance so we were there to do what we could,” said Mr. Pickup.“A special Thank You goes out to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his Office of Neighborhood Services for getting the proper channels aligned to get this project together”, Ms. Crush added. All money raised goes to keeping tuition low and affordable, which presents a problem for upgrading the structure. “Everything that we do is for the children and the families that attend our school. We keep tuition down by donations and fundraisers but running a nonprofit school in the middle of the city can get expensive.”

St. Peter Academy was founded in 2004, and the iconic building on West Fourth Street that is home to this independent community school has been a staple in the South Boston neighborhood for decades. Formerly known as the Laboure Center, it was slated to be developed into 15 market rate residences before the St. Peter Academy Board of Directors and neighborhood supporters identified it as the perfect site to house its school and other community programs. St. Peter Academy has offered affordable education since moving to 371 West Fourth St. and as a community based nonprofit educational institution, prides itself on keeping tuition cost minimal while providing an outstanding learning experience for children Pre K through 8th grade. Classroom sizes range from six to twenty students which is incredibly beneficial for interactive learning. St Peter Academy is celebrating 10 years of service to our community. If you or your business would like to make donations to St. Peter Academy please call (617)268-0750 or email SPA@StPeterAcademy.com