Students-at-computerYesterday, Saint Raphael Academy received the exciting news that it has been awarded a $45,800 grant from The Champlin Foundations.

This grant will allow Saint Raphael Academy’s Fine Arts Department to offer cutting-edge instruction in visual arts and music by establishing an Apple Computer Lab for the Fine Arts Department, iPads for use in the Fine Arts classrooms, and the associated music and art software packages.

This new technology will be incorporated into the already existing Fine Arts curriculum, but will also allow the Academy to offer new and exciting classes for its students.

The Academy will begin preparing the campus for the addition of this new technology during Christmas break. The hope is to have everything up and running  for the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

“I am thrilled and grateful The Champlin Foundations chose Saint Raphael Academy for this incredible grant. It allows us to provide our students with a much needed Apple lab and further bolsters our already premier Fine Arts programs,” said Saint Raphael Academy Principal, Daniel Richard,  “The timing could not be better, our Performing Arts programs will have a new place to call home in the Coutu Theater, and at almost the same time, we will unveil a brand new iMac lab and incorporate iPads into our Fine Arts instruction.”

The Coutu Theater  is a 300-seat, state-of-the-art performance space, a 1,600 square-foot art gallery, a renovated ticket booth, and improved storage and set-design space, scheduled for a grand opening in early February.

Since 1932, The Champlin Foundations have distributed $480 million, almost entirely in the State of Rhode Island.

For more information, please contact Dennis Majewski, Director of Advancement at Saint Raphael Academy at or by calling (401)723-8100, ext. 120.


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