Hundreds of students packed the gym to celebrate the largest donation in Ursuline Academy history.

Ursuline’s record $5M Fusco donation to rebuild, expand gym

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A downtown Wilmington Catholic girls school has received the largest donation in its 130-year history, and students rocked its gymnasium in delight Thursday. Anthony N. Fusco Sr., a Delaware philanthropist and real estate developer has made a $5 million commitment to Ursuline Academy. The donation will pay for the total renovation of Laffey McHugh Gymnasium, originally constructed in 1980; create …

Ursuline Academy performed their Christmas pageant Tuesday, telling the story of Jesus Christ's birth. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

Ursuline’s Nativity kickstarts celebration of Christmas

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Ursuline Academy‚Äôs second grade routinely offers a Christmas pageant at the end of the year, but this year‚Äôs was a bit fluffier. In addition to 13 students, the cast for the first time included animals ‚Äď several goats, a calf, an alpaca and a donkey ‚Äst to tell the story of Jesus‚Äôs birth. ‚ÄúWhen Jesus was born, there were plenty …

Linda and Paul McConnell with Ursuline Academy Lower School students after announcing a $1.75 million donation to the school. (Ursuline Academy Facebook)

McConnells give Ursuline $1.75 million to keep growing

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A Wilmington couple was surprised by thunderous cheers when dozens of Ursuline Academy Lower School students gathered to thank the couple for a $1.75 million donation. Paul and Linda McConnell‚Äôs gift will be split. The first $1.25 million will be used to create the Paul and Linda McConnell Young Scholars program, which will provide tuition assistance to low-income families in …

Ursuline seniors welcomed lower school students back to class Wednesday morning.

Winnie the dog, seniors welcome back Ursuline students

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

      Cheering Ursuline Academy seniors waving signs welcomed students of the lower school back to the classroom Wednesday, along with a new furry friend.¬† Winnie, who‚Äôs celebrating her first birthday Wednesday as students return, is a poodle mix that was adopted by the academy to provide emotional support for students.¬† Donna Kinzel, Usuline‚Äôs chief financial officer, said that …