Sacred Heart Dedicates Newly Renovated Technology Lab

Front row from left: Lucia Walsh, Amelia Walsh, Hazel Price, Ela Graffagnini, and Marley Price Back row: Lynette Moody, Dr. Renée Reymond Hulefeld, Kieran Walsh, Madeline Price, Bill Lovejoy, Kyle Graffagnini, Gigi Graffagnini, Marion Graffagnini, Madden Graffagnini, Linda Haydel, Gayle Griener, Marianne Walsh with baby Declan Walsh, Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ, and James Haydel.

NEW ORLEANS – The Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave., officially dedicated its newly renovated technology lab in memory of Maelan Elizabeth Graffagnini on April 7. Headmistress Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ, led the blessing with members of the Graffagnini family, friends and Sacred Heart faculty and staff members.

         Known as the Tech Café, the lab mimics a real coffee shop and opened in the fall of 2016 for students in prekindergarten through fourth grade. Students played a key role in helping design the space, which was planned by Allison Looper of Blitch/Knevel Designs. “It’s a space for them,” says computer teacher Lynette Moody. “It’s all about them having a comfortable environment to get those creative juices flowing.”

         The Tech Café features kid-sized modular sofas, ottomans, an industrial style laptop bar and stools, four group work tables with colorful chairs, a bright red coffee table and moveable bobble stools. Carpeted with a computer code style design, the space also includes a large projection screen, a green screen for movie making, a huge flat screen TV monitor and an entire wall, which works as a whiteboard and can be written on during class.

         Founded in 1867, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls, offering 17 years of educational programs and services beginning with the Little Hearts Early Learning Program for ages 1-3 through twelfth grade. The Rosary, as Sacred Heart is affectionately called, is part of an international group of educational institutions sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart, an educational order founded in France in 1800 by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.

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Students enjoy the newly renovated technology lab, which mimics a real coffee shop.


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