Charles & Helen Crisafulli Science and Discovery Center opens at St. Catherine's May School
St. Catherine’s Center for Children has opened the Charles & Helen Crisafulli Science and Discovery Center at its R & E May School. The new science center, funded through a generous donation by Charles and Helen Crisafulli of Albany, includes smartboard technology, an aquarium and animal learning center, a greenhouse, and other learning tools. The Center was formally unveiled in a ceremony on September 14.
“The Charles & Helen Crisafulli Science and Discovery Center is an exciting place where our students can learn more about science and their environment,” said St. Catherine’s Executive Director Frank Pindiak at a ceremony celebrating the opening of the Center. “The Center offers a hands-on learning experience for our students, helping them expand their horizons and discover new worlds.”
St. Catherine’s R & E May School is a special education elementary school for children who are unable to attend school in a traditional setting. Last year, the school served children from 20 Capital Region school districts.
Charles Crisafulli attended the opening, and expressed his appreciation for the work that St. Catherine’s does.
“I love children, and I’ve always tried to do whatever I can to help children in need,” he said. “Helen and I are happy today knowing that this Center will stand for many years to come, helping children learn more about their world.”
In addition to opening the Crisafulli Science and Discovery Center, Frank Pindiak announced the establishment of the Charlie’s Children Fund. That Fund, opened with a gift from the Crisafulli family, will be used to meet immediate needs of children at St. Catherine’s.
“From providing emergency dental work to paying for additional therapeutic counseling to meeting other special and urgent needs, the Charlie’s Children Fund will always be available for the children of St. Catherine’s," said Pindiak. "It will be a lasting legacy to the kindness and generosity of Charles and Helen Crisafulli."