By Kim Glovas

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (CBS) — Even as many Catholic schools around the Delaware Valley are closing or consolidating, a Delaware County parochial school is expanding.

The Ss. Colman-John Neumann School in Bryn Mawr held a groundbreaking ceremony today for a $3-million expansion.

“It’s so important because with so many schools in the area being closed or consolidated, we’re so blessed and fortunate to be adding on to our school right now,” says Jan Baffa, president of the SCJN home and school association.  “We’re actually going to join the church with the existing school and make a life center that’s going to include classrooms and meeting areas and a gym space.”

Because of the weather, the pseudo-groundbreaking was held inside the church, with a sandbox.  Students in grades K through eight wore hardhats, then released balloons in the school parking lot to celebrate the culmination of this three-year fundraising effort.

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