Church considers donation an opportunity to repay kindness

churchThe new temporary campus for Denham Springs Elementary opened its doors to students, teachers and staff on February 6. The new temporary campus for Denham Springs Elementary was constructed on property on Hatchell Lane thanks to help from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The church has donated the use of approximately four acres of its property at no cost to the school system, as a “privilege to return the favor,” according to Father Frank Uter.
He noted that prior to 1964, when the local Catholic Church was a one-room building located on Range Avenue, its young parishioners attended religion classes on the Denham Springs Elementary campus because of a lack of space on church property.
“The school board graciously made their facilities available to our young parishioners and their families. We now have the opportunity and privilege to return the favor and make some of our campus available to them,” he recently wrote in a church bulletin.
Father Uter noted that the presence of the temporary campus has been designed to not intrude upon the church’s Fall Festival grounds more than necessary. In fact, the church’s annual carnival is slated for Oct. 27-29, 2017.
The agreement with the school system has the unanimous support of the church’s Parish Finance Council and the Catholic Diocese.