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School innovation center made possible with matching grants

Funding for the Thi Le Center for Innovation was granted by the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

ROCK HILL—St. Anne School is excited to announce the addition of the Thi Le Center for Innovation. This summer the former computer lab will be transformed into a student-centered, technology-rich classroom.

The Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) classroom is designed to foster active learning which merges hands-on exercises, student collaboration, and focused instruction. Students will be divided into groups and work together to tackle problems while the teacher serves as facilitator. Research shows that students who are more actively engaged in the classroom will gain a deeper level of understanding by being challenged to synthesize information and develop higher-order thinking skills.

The TEAL room will consist of six D-shaped tables, each outfitted with task chairs, a 55” LCD monitor, and a charging station. Information from each table can be shared to all monitors in the room or displayed on the board with the help of a projector. White boards will be available on the classroom walls. A teacher’s station will be equipped with a document camera, printers and storage.

Funding for the Thi Le Center for Innovation was granted by the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Each year, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Charleston are invited to apply for a grant. St. Anne’s was awarded a generous amount and the we are grateful for the bishop's support.

Another generous, matching gift was given by Thi’s children, all four of whom attended St. Anne. They continued their educations at the universities of Notre Dame, Duke and Harvard. The family cherished their time at St. Anne, as Thi was active in many rolls while her children attended, and the family continues to be committed to Catholic education and the school’s mission.

We are truly grateful for Thi and her family and their dedication and generosity!