There was cause for celebration this morning at the Holy Angels Roman Catholic School in Pomona Village. The opening and dedication of the new classroom building is a shining example of what community cooperation can accomplish.
Through the efforts of benefactor William Bowman, dubbed the godfather of Holy Angels School, the once dilapidated upper division building was completely renovated and remodeled, replacing the rotted roof, repainted the interior and installing ceiling fans. Initially, Bowman had agreed to renovate only one classroom; but he told Love News that when that was accomplished there was no way he could have just walked away. The construction work was carried out by Alta Vista village chairman Rudel Morales, at a discounted price because he too wanted to give back to the community.
Bowman’s contribution to the Holy Angels School spans a period of many decades. In fact, he says that three going on to four generations of the Bowman family have passed through the institution; that is why it was easy to say yes to lending a helping hand. Close to a hundred and twenty five of the school’s three hundred and fifty seven students stand to directly benefit from the new and improved classroom space. Principal of the School Frances Gongora and her staff and students are overjoyed by the generosity of Mr. Bowman.
The school has been the target for thieves in recent years; but Gongora believes that with the renovation of the building and other measures taken by management, those days of suffering losses and setbacks are behind the institution now. And as the students and staff proceed on Easter Break, Gongora’s thank you on this happy occasion comes with a message to the rest of the nation that with perseverance, good things can happen, even in the most challenging situations.
As a show of appreciation, the staff and management of the school have dedicated the renovated classroom space as the William Bowman building. And in accepting the accolade, the benefactor pledged to continue supporting the institution.