Increasingly, Mat-Su Valley parents are choosing Catholic schooling for their children, which means Our Lady of the Valley School in Wasilla is growing. Enrollment at the school has steadily risen since its grande opening in 2007 in a renovated strip mall. In 2011 the school moved to the grounds of Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla and enrollment now stands at 73 and counting for the upcoming academic year.
Upon returning to classes this fall, students and parents will notice the major expansion of the school campus, located next to Sacred Heart Church.
Due to the growing ranks of students seeking enrollment, the pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade school had to cap its numbers last spring as classrooms were at capacity. In need of more classroom space the school began praying for divine assistance.
According to Joyce Lund, the acting principal, “prayers were answered.”
The school now has three portable classroom buildings from the Anchorage School District.
With donations and labor from parishioners at Sacred Heart and St. Michael Church in Palmer, the campus grounds were cleared and prepared and the portables installed for the coming school year.
Two of the portables will house the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th-grade classes. The third building will serve as a science and art classroom.
“Students, teachers and families are grateful for the additional space and welcome a soon-to-be-hired new teacher,” Lund said in a notice sent to the Catholic Anchor.
“The power of prayer for Our Lady of the Valley is a testimony of God’s blessings to his children,” she added.
During daily chapel students conclude their morning devotions with spontaneous prayers of intervention, petition and thanksgiving, Lund explained.
“This year the prayers of thanksgiving will include the additional 2,880 square feet of classroom space where children will continue to grow in faith and knowledge,” she said. “Keep us in your prayers as we strive to prepare young minds to serve the Lord in their chosen vocations.”
For more information about Our Lady of the Valley School, visit olvwasilla.com or call 376-0883.