If you played sports in Ramona’s gym…
If you were a spectator and cheered for your favorite Tigers in Ramona’s gym…
If you sat in the gym to listen to a guest speaker, pray at Mass, participate in a pep rally, or danced the night away…
You know how hot it can get! You know that even the largest of fans doesn’t cool it down enough. Even if you haven’t done any of the above, given the recent heat wave, you don’t have to stretch your imagination too far to realize how uncomfortable it can become!
You can help us remedy this situation! Multiple contractors have examined the gym, taken measurements, and analyzed different strategies and feel that we have come up with the best plan for installing air conditioning. Given the size of the gym, the additional electrical capability that will be needed, and other construction and installation costs, the bottom line for the project is $255,000. An upgrade of this magnitude is beyond this year’s operational budget; that is why your help is urgently needed now. Air conditioning will not just benefit our athletes and spectators; the gym is the only place large enough to accommodate our entire school community. All of the students and faculty use it regularly.
We don’t want to wait any longer! We have been assured that every dollar donated will be matched. This is your opportunity to double the impact of your donation.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Sister Kathleen Callaway, SNJM
Our student body population continues to grow,
and the gym is the only building on campus that can accommodate everyone
at once. We need cooling units in order to ensure the safety of our
students and staff. We need cooling units to ensure the safety of our
athletes as they practice and play.
Valerie Green, Dean of Students
I have been in charge of school dances for a
number of years and the temperature inside is unbearable. During school
gatherings and assemblies, everyone in attendance would have a
wonderful, pleasant experience if the gym had air conditioning. Having
air conditioning in the gym is an excellent marketing selling
point. Ramona wants to continually improve what we offer in order to stay
competitive and attract top students. This may not be possible if we
don't provide the best accommodations.
Laura Dumas, Director of Student Activities
We have been surviving for many years with
large fans, misting bottles and multiple water breaks during practices
and games. On the hottest days we have resorted to dips in the pool and
water workouts. Coaches have altered routines to simple walk through
plays and watching play backs of games. The feeling can be very
oppressive...like working in an oven. The hot humid days are the
worst...a sauna would be a good example. No amount of water cools you
totally. Air conditioning is really a requirement as our weather has
changed over the 34 years. The recovery time from heat spell to heat
spell is shorter which impacts athletes’ performance levels.
Deb Drury, Athletic Director