Woman’s gift of love is creating room for growth

Kindergartners at St. Joseph School in Salisbury hug their parents after Mass on the first day of School.

Leona Emmerich lived for decades across the street from St. Joseph Church and School in Salisbury.
She would go to weekday Mass, and many of the children would come up to her afterwards and give her a hug. 
“God loves you,” she would tell them, “and so do I!”
A long-awaited, enduring reminder of those bonds of affection is taking shape at the St. Joseph School (SJS)complex.
A 5,848-square-foot addition, paid for by Mrs. Emmerich’s estate, will include four regular classrooms; a multi-purpose room for band, choir, art and STEM activities; additional restrooms; and storage space. 

Part of the current building will be converted to a cafeteria and a new school library. 
There will also be room for a pre-school to be opened in the current building next fall. 
“We are so appreciative of Leona and her generosity for making our dream come true,” said SJS Administrative Assistant Debby Henke, a longtime friend of Mrs. Emmerich.
The addition will relieve some crowding and fill the need for creative use of space in the current building, which dates from 1957.

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