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OLV has long history of educating kids

Under the guidance of science teacher Lisa Groves, OLV middle school students Timothy Peters and Sammy Viglione show elementary school student Claire Peters how they are engineering a solar car.
Under the guidance of science teacher Lisa Groves, OLV middle school students Timothy Peters and Sammy Viglione show elementary school student Claire Peters how they are engineering a solar car. Photo provided

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Eat, Play, Live special section.

Q: How long have you been around?

A: Our Lady of Victory Catholic School has been educating children in the State College Area since 1963.

Q: What do you offer the community?

A: We offer academic instruction within the context of the Catholic faith for children in preschool through eighth grade. Our school boasts caring, certified teachers, responsive administration, inviting classrooms, developmentally appropriate academic curriculum and flexible after-school care.

At the elementary and middle school levels, we also offer sacramental preparation, state-of-the art technology to support instruction, competitive PIAA and club athletic teams, active fine arts program with theater, forensics, choir, band and string ensembles, academic enrichment and homework help.

We are proud that the Jared Box Project originated with our students and has blossomed into a communitywide effort benefiting chronically ill children throughout the United States.

Q: What do you love about what you do?

A: Hands down, all of us at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School love teaching and actively helping children grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. It is ever gratifying to see how each of our students matures academically, emotionally and spiritually. Faculty and students alike take pride in our school and its family atmosphere.

Q: What makes Centre County a great place to live?

A: We are blessed that Centre County provides an enriching, multifaceted environment, with a community that values education. Further, regional resources and programs, such as those offered through PSU, the Pennsylvania Military Museum and Centre Region Parks and Recreation, offer outstanding opportunities for continued learning and growth outside the classroom for our students.

Q: What’s on the horizon for the coming year?

A: We will be conducting the preparations for re-accreditation by the Middle States Association, a voluntary process that objectively validates the integrity of the instruction and resources offered by a school. Further, we will be offering additional programming for after school care, academic enrichment and faculty development.

Our Lady of Victory School

Where: 800 Westerly Parkway, State College

Info: 238-1592, www.olvcatholic school.org

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