St. Mary’s Launches $10 Million Capital Campaign

Rendering of new building

The Moss Hall renovation will add 9,000 square feet to the building and house Liza’s Library, new science classrooms, an expanded MakerSpace, and a nursery for faculty and staff.

 

Project includes expansion of Lower School, library honoring Liza Fletcher, and additional science classrooms

Today, St. Mary’s Episcopal School announced the launch of a transformative capital campaign to elevate learning areas and provide space for a growing student body. The $10 million campaign preserves the iconic Moss Hall and adds 9,000 square feet to the building. The new Moss Hall addition will house Liza’s Library, new science classrooms, an expanded MakerSpace, and a nursery for children of faculty and staff.  

This project creates a center of collaboration, exploration, and learning. These investments represent St. Mary’s continued commitment to providing an excellent education through engaged and holistic learning, small class sizes, and meaningful student-teacher relationships.

Rendering of new library

“Liza’s Library,” the new North Campus Library named in memory of ECC teacher Eliza Fletcher, will be an inviting space that fosters each girl’s passion for reading and learning.

 

Early childhood literacy is the foundation for lifelong success. The new North Campus Library will be an inviting space that fosters each girl’s passion for reading and learning. The library will be named “Liza’s Library” in memory of St. Mary’s teacher Eliza “Liza” Fletcher. It will honor her legacy and her commitment to fostering a lifelong love of learning for young students.

“Liza loved teaching and took pride in helping kids be their best. She always connected with the children who were struggling to read,” said Richie Fletcher, Liza’s husband. “Liza had a defiant hope in Memphis and in her students. I hope and pray Liza’s Library is a place where girls are inspired to be a light in our community.”

As of January 4, sixty percent has been committed toward the $10 million project. The project was designed by Four Front Design. Construction will begin in the summer of 2024 and be completed by August 2025. The project furthers St. Mary’s dedication to providing a quality educational experience for girls.

“This investment ensures that today’s remarkable girls have the spaces and resources necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders and world changers,” said Head of School Albert Throckmorton. “Thanks to generous donors and friends, St. Mary's can continue to offer a premier educational experience to girls of all ages."

St. Mary’s  Light, Life, and Legacy campaign will:

  • Renovate and expand Moss Hall, a home built in 1950, into a center of collaboration, exploration, and learning. The 9,000-square-foot addition includes a library; MakerSpace and science classroom; a nursery for faculty newborns and toddlers; art gallery; outdoor learning space; school store; upgraded faculty resources, offices, and workspace; and state-of-the-art security enhancements.
  • Upgrade spaces for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses through a new science laboratory for high school-aged girls and a science classroom and MakerSpace for Lower School students.
  • Add four classrooms to the Upper School, allowing St. Mary’s to offer new, engaging courses while maintaining small class sizes.
  • Build a robust endowment that allows St. Mary’s to expand financial aid and secure the school’s present and future needs.

To learn more and to support the Life, Light, and Legacy campaign, visit www.stmarysschool.org/capital-campaign or contact Carrie Vaughan, Director of Philanthropy, at 901-537-1421 or cvaughan@stmarysschool.org.

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