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For decades, the floor at All Saints Catholic School gymnasium was considered “multi-purpose.” Now, with help from the school's donors, that's changing, with crews putting the finishing touches on a new, maple sports floor.

“This is something that has been on our radar for a while,” Paul Galuska, administrator for All Saints Catholic School, explained.

The floor is expected to be put into use on Monday, following installation and sufficient time to allow it to set. It features materials produced by Robbins Flooring of White Lake, with installation by Baseman Bros. Flooring.

It is a top-of-the-line surface, Galuska said, with a padded subfloor designed to ease the strain on young, and not-so-young knees, along with the various boundary stripes for basketball, volleyball and even six badminton courts.

“All Saints” and “Crusaders” are etched into the end zones and the walls are covered with various sportsman's prayers, banners and even a Notre Dame message courtesy of Rev. Charles Hoffmann.

Galuska said the work is part of a series of improvements in the gymnasium, also known as the Parish Center, that have included improvements to the bleachers and an upgraded sound system.

“Over the last five years we have been doing one thing or another to upgrade that gym,” he explained, noting that the facility, constructed in 1976, was simply beginning to show its age.

The project did create a few problems. Phy. ed teacher Wendy Wiegert had to take her classes outside for skating, broomball and other activities on some of the coldest and snowiest days of the year.

The projects are all made possible through the Greatest Needs Fund operated by the All Saints Catholic School Foundation. Over 3,000 alumni, parishioners and other supporters nationwide were asked to contribute to the annual capital campaign, Galuska said, and they are key to the school's success.

“We have been able to fund a lot of these projects because of those donors,” Galuska said, adding that the flooring project received several individual and anonymous donations as well. “This project would not have been able to happen without that foundation.”

The endowment fund has also financed technology, repaired roofing and other needs,

“I can't stress enough how important those donations and donors are to us,” Galuska said. “We're blessed. There is not doubt about it.”

The gymnasium will be blessed in a ceremony within a few weeks and will be put into use for everything from sports events to concerts and presentations.

“It feels very warm and welcoming now,” Galuska said. “We're very proud of how it has evolved.”
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All Saints Administrator Paul Gaulska, at right, instructor Wendy Wiegert and the Baseman Bros. flooring crew.

Donors help All Saints Catholic School complete gym floor replacement project
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For decades, the floor at All Saints Catholic School gymnasium was considered “multi-purpose.” Now, with help from the school's donors, that's changing, with crews putting the finishing touches on a new, maple sports floor.

“This is something that has been on our radar for a while,” Paul Galuska, administrator for All Saints Catholic School, explained.

The floor is expected to be put into use on Monday, following installation and sufficient time to allow it to set. It features materials produced by Robbins Flooring of White Lake, with installation by Baseman Bros. Flooring.

It is a top-of-the-line surface, Galuska said, with a padded subfloor designed to ease the strain on young, and not-so-young knees, along with the various boundary stripes for basketball, volleyball and even six badminton courts.

“All Saints” and “Crusaders” are etched into the end zones and the walls are covered with various sportsman's prayers, banners and even a Notre Dame message courtesy of Rev. Charles Hoffmann.

Galuska said the work is part of a series of improvements in the gymnasium, also known as the Parish Center, that have included improvements to the bleachers and an upgraded sound system.

“Over the last five years we have been doing one thing or another to upgrade that gym,” he explained, noting that the facility, constructed in 1976, was simply beginning to show its age.

The project did create a few problems. Phy. ed teacher Wendy Wiegert had to take her classes outside for skating, broomball and other activities on some of the coldest and snowiest days of the year.

The projects are all made possible through the Greatest Needs Fund operated by the All Saints Catholic School Foundation. Over 3,000 alumni, parishioners and other supporters nationwide were asked to contribute to the annual capital campaign, Galuska said, and they are key to the school's success.

“We have been able to fund a lot of these projects because of those donors,” Galuska said, adding that the flooring project received several individual and anonymous donations as well. “This project would not have been able to happen without that foundation.”

The endowment fund has also financed technology, repaired roofing and other needs,

“I can't stress enough how important those donations and donors are to us,” Galuska said. “We're blessed. There is not doubt about it.”

The gymnasium will be blessed in a ceremony within a few weeks and will be put into use for everything from sports events to concerts and presentations.

“It feels very warm and welcoming now,” Galuska said. “We're very proud of how it has evolved.”
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All Saints Administrator Paul Gaulska, at right, instructor Wendy Wiegert and the Baseman Bros. flooring crew.
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