Martin County Library System Press Releases

September 4, 2013

Indiantown Speaks discussion series turns its focus to elementary school September 14

For immediate release:  September 4, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  

Learn about Indiantown’s truly unique Catholic school during Indiantown Speaks: Hope Rural Story on Saturday, September 14 at 3:00 pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown. Sister Mary Dooley, director of Hope Rural School, details the school’s history, created for the children of migrant families in Indiantown.

Since there was no provision in public school for these non-English speaking children, Father Frank O’Loughlin and Sister Carol Putnam, R.S.C.J., founded Hope Rural School. The doors opened in August 1980 to 30 children in grades K-2. By 1985, additions to the existing building were constructed and included a library, Kindergarten classroom, computer room, tutoring rooms and an office. The school currently offers grades PreK-5.

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council along with local funding from the Arts Foundation for Martin County and Women Supporting the Arts, to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Institution.

The exhibit will be on display at the Elisabeth Lahti Library October 19 through November 30. Eighteen months of events exploring Journey Stories themes will take place at Martin County libraries leading up to and immediately following the Smithsonian exhibit.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403 or visit the website at




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