South Burlington residents Maggie Fitzgerald, Sullivan Baker, Haley Langan, John Hoehl, Caroline Provost, and Quinn DiFalco, students at Rice Memorial hold a donation check to the Capital Campaign received from Joan Gariepy O’Reilly (center).

Rice Memorial High School Capital Campaign Launched

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Thursday November 14, 2013

Honoring Tradition, Committing to the Future

Rice Memorial High School, a private Catholic college preparatory school, has launched a capital campaign to fund a Strategic Plan that includes expanding student recruitment, facility updates, and improvements to technology and academic programs. The public phase of the campaign began with a media event recently at the school. The campaign has already raised $7.4 million of its $10 million goal. 

Principal Rev. Msgr. Bernard W. Bourgeois says the success of the campaign will allow Rice to continue to meet the changing needs of students and the community. “This is a turning point in Rice’s history. In the late 1950’s, the faithful of Chittenden County sacrificed and generously donated the money to build a brand new Catholic high school for their children and grandchildren. Today, more than 50 years later, Rice needs to update its facilities, add to its financial reserves, and secure its future through increased advancement efforts. 

Rice alumnae Joan Gariepy O’Reilly ’66 and her husband David are the campaign’s lead donors; Joan says: “David and I are at a stage in our lives when we can give back to the things that are closest to our hearts. Rice is an obvious one. All five of my siblings went to Rice. Giving to the campaign is our way of saying thank you.”