November 21, 2006
Barat Academy, the first new Catholic high school to be built in nearly a generation, recently retained Kolbeco to perform Public Relations for the school, and assist with the overall communications strategy. Barat Academy is currently under construction in the Dardenne Prairie community of Barathaven. Barathaven is a multi-builder development on the Highway 40 corridor which features an 85 acre park along the Dardenne Greenway, as well as the new school.

Founded in the traditions of Sacred Heart education, Barat Academy will offer single gender classes on a co-educational campus. Barat’s unique educational approach provides intellectual rigor and instills in its students a life-long love of learning.

A graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles and Villa Duchesne in Frontenac, KolbeCo Senior Manager Lauren Kolbe is a lifelong student and follower of Sacred Heart education. “Education, especially Sacred Heart education, is my passion. Working on the Barat Academy campaigns has given me a unique opportunity to promote something that I feel so strongly about, and has reconnected me with friends and teachers from my childhood,” said Kolbe. “We’re honored, and have deep inspiration to be involved with this project.”

For more information about Barat Academy, please visit or call 636-561-9370.

Kolbeco is a full-service Marketing and Communications firm focusing on small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, health care, and professional services. In 2006, Kolbeco was named one of the top PR firms in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal. Kolbeco provides strategic planning, advertising, graphic design, direct mail, web design, special events, and a full range of public relations services. For more information, please call Lauren Kolbe at 636-379-3895 or visit Kolbeco online at

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