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Prep and its mission are very close to our hearts; we hope this gift inspires others to also make commitments
~ Scott and Cindy Heider

Historic $8 Million Gift to Creighton Prep Launches Campaign for Lannon Learning Commons

May 14, 2018 — Father Tom Neitzke, SJ, president of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, has announced that the Heider Family has made a historic $8 million lead gift for the building of a new $16 million student learning commons on the campus of Creighton Prep.

The gift, in honor of Fr. Timothy R. Lannon, SJ, who served as the 28th president of Creighton Prep from 1988-1995, is the single largest gift the school has received for a capital project in its 140-year history. In addition, Cindy and Scott Heider have agreed to chair the campaign to raise the additional $8 million.

The Lannon Learning Commons will be a student-centric space that will serve as the new home for a school psychologist, a learning specialist, an academic coach, and a director of student outreach and advocacy. It will also serve Creighton Prep's five guidance counselors, a director of college counseling, and an assistant principal for student support services.

"Creighton Prep's mission to care for the whole person will be significantly enhanced by this gift and will help assist our young men as they navigate their emotional and academic needs," said Fr. Neitzke. 

Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ, center, with Scott, left, and Cindy Heider.
Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ, center, with Scott, left, and Cindy Heider.

"I am very excited to lead this project, not only because it advances the Prep mission by bringing holistic student services to a new level but also because every young man at the school will be able to take full advantage of the new space and programs. It will complement the exceptional academic and formative experience the students already receive," said Cindy Heider.

"My family truly could not be more pleased to do this," noted Scott Heider. "Prep and its mission are very close to our hearts, and we hope this gift inspires others to also make commitments to a new student-focused program that we believe is very timely and greatly needed. This is exactly the kind of impact we're looking for." [Source: Creighton Prep]






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