Pacelli receives $1M gift, largest in school history

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(ABC 6 News) – Pacelli Catholic Schools announced Friday it received a $1 million gift. It’s the largest gift in the school’s 100 plus history.

The gift was made through the Wiggins Foundation from Steve Wiggins, class of 1974. The gift was made to "create new technology capabilities for students and add additional scholarships for low-income families."

“Mr. Wiggins’ gift will strengthen Pacelli’s curriculum and help get our students ready for tomorrow’s workforce and give financial help to those in need to attend Pacelli,” Pacelli Principal Kane Malo said in a press release.

The Wiggins Family Scholarship Fund will also be established to offer financial aid to low-income students. All students deserve access to high-quality education and this gift will allow more low-income students to enroll at Pacelli.

This gift will also allow for upgrades on current science suites at Pacelli and expand the STEM curriculum as early as kindergarten. This will improve upon the existing STEM programs, the work of the 7th-grade coding class, and introduction of STEM at the elementary level. As per regular review of the curriculum cycle scheduled for this year, this gift will allow Pacelli to enhance the math curriculum in line with the new programs and beyond state standards.