THE KING'S ACADEMY MARKS THE START OF CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FRANK DIMINO STUDENT UNION

May 2021

The King’s Academy (TKA) held a Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 12, 2021 to mark the start of the construction for the Frank DiMino Student Union. Funding for this important addition to the school’s master plan was made possible through generous financial gifts from local philanthropists, Mr. Frank DiMino (the Frank DiMino Family Foundation) and Miss Clare O’Keeffe (Executive Trustee of the Esther B. O’Keeffe Charitable Foundation). TKA’s President Randy Martin shared, “Our students have benefitted from the remarkable philanthropy of Mr. Frank DiMino and Miss Clare O’Keeffe. They answered the call to give generously to bring this project to life so that future generations of students will have an even greater community experience during their time at King’s.”

 

The Frank DiMino Student Union will be a place where community can take place and excellence can be achieved. The building was designed by Randolph Hansen of InterPlan Architects, Inc., and will be built by Hedrick Brothers Construction in time for the start of the 2022 school year. The two-story 13,000 square foot project will provide a permanent home for the school’s growing O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies and Pre-Medical Programs of Distinction.   The addition of these innovative instructional spaces will provide opportunities for students to thrive while they focus on future goals, build a foundation of intellectual framework, and light a passion for future. It will include named areas recognizing the generosity of the Esther B. O’Keeffe Charitable Foundation including a Courtroom Classroom, Center for Pre-Law Studies, and Center for Liberty. It will also include a pre-law studies office and conference room. The building will house a Medical Science Classroom and Skills Laboratory for students to participate in engaging and enriching academic experiences. 

The student union will also be an important extension of the Beaumont Library, the TKA Cafe’ and a space for a much-needed student technology hub. This building will quickly become a central focus of student activity and learning as a vast majority of King’s students descend on it daily—to eat together, read together, repair computers together, discuss, debate, and defend together, collaborate together, and even to learn to heal the sick together.  It will provide a specialized environment that will set the stage for learning, help welcome students, create the physical space to explore concepts of course offerings, and support collaboration. 

The Groundbreaking Ceremony was a school-wide event that included special messages from Mr. Steve Rasmussen (Board Chair), Randy Martin (President), Dr. Douglas Raines (Vice-President and Headmaster), Mrs. Jennifer Ceppo (High School Principal), and Denise Brown, Esq. (Director of the O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies Program). The school’s Smith Family Conservatory students performed the National Anthem, representatives from the Program of Distinctions attended the event, and elementary students participated in a “thank you” parade. The ceremony was followed by a catered luncheon in the school’s Rosemary Beaumont Library where our strings students performed for honored guests. 

The  Frank DiMino Family Foundation’s generosity is displayed on many local and national facilities in honor of Mr. DiMino’s benevolence. He has been a wonderful supporter of The King’s Academy through the endowment of the school’s nationally recognized DiMino Engineering Program, support for the school’s championship Competitive Cheerleading Team, and by naming the DiMino Science Center. Mr. DiMino is a South Florida resident and philanthropist. He was born in Grotte, Sicily. His family immigrated to the United States in 1935, when he was a young boy, and eventually settled in Rochester, New York. At a young age, Mr. DiMino assisted his mother in the financial support of his family. It was undoubtedly this situation that sparked his lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and philanthropy. At the height of his entrepreneurial activity, Mr. DiMino owned and operated a wide variety of businesses. 

The O’Keeffe family’s generosity is reflected in the names of many Palm Beach area facilities and programs. The Esther B. O’Keeffe Foundation has been a faithful supporter and friend to TKA. The Foundation has supported the school’s nationallyrecognized programs through endowing the awardwinning O’Keeffe Pre-Law Studies and providing a significant gift to fund the construction of the Page Family Center for The Smith Family Conservatory of the Arts. The Esther B. O’Keeffe Charitable Foundation was established in 1990 by the late philanthropist Esther B. O’Keeffe, wife of the respected surgeon and philanthropist Dr. Arthur O’Keeffe. The children now carry on the family’s charitable tradition by serving as trustees of the foundation, which supports a broad spectrum of entities including the arts, education, cultural programs, and medical research. 

The King’s Academy is a National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Education.  The private Christian school, which is in its 51st year, serves approximately 1,500 students from preschool through twelfth grade and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The King’s Academy serves students and their families across Palm Beach County at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach. More information about The King’s Academy is available online at TKA.net.

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