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Kids cheer for new commodes

Priest blesses new restrooms at St. John Notre Dame school
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Kids crowded the hall at St. John Notre Dame School in Folsom last Wednesday, cheering and waving their arms, anticipation hanging in the air. What could possibly get the kids so worked up? New restrooms. “A lot of people here have been waiting since kindergarten,” said 12-year-old student Max Merchant. “It’s so awesome.” The previous restrooms, serving the 322 students plus faculty at the school, were 47 years old. “They were the originals,” said school principal Sue Halfman. “We’ve brought our restrooms into the 21st century.” And don’t think the new facilities came cheap. To flush with the best of them, the powder rooms cost $100,000, according to Halfman. Carolyn Liden has two children enrolled at the school. She said the cost was worth it. “We’ve needed new restrooms for a long, long, long time,” Liden said. “At our crab feed auction last year, a lot of parents donated money for the new restrooms.” After blessing the new facilities, Father Rey Bersabal sprinkled the sparkling new restrooms with holy water, including each stall. The ribbon-cutting event and blessing even drew Folsom City Councilwoman Kerri Howell, who helped with the over-sized scissors. “It’s a feeling of accomplishment, especially for the parents and the kids who have wanted this for so long,” Bersabal said. “It’s accomplishments for all of us here. … It’s one thing we can give the kids for their comfort and safety.”