St. Rose St. Mary’s School, the little school charged with raising $350,000 in order to reopen this fall, welcomed 63 students into its halls of learning on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
“We are so grateful to the many people who made this possible for us,” says new Principal Jennifer Wood. “As our school doors open and classes begin, our very existence rests upon the individuals both near and far who desire to see Catholic education continue in our community. We have much to celebrate!”
While the day began like other first days at St. Rose St. Mary’s, at 9 a.m., the school held a Mass of Celebration. The Mass began in the school where each classroom was blessed. The ceremony then process from the school to the church. Following the Mass, refreshments were served on the playground and ‘balloons of gratitude’ were released. Wood says, “We want our prayers of thanks to float high above the city!”
St. Rose St. Mary’s has a 126 year history in Clintonville and Bear Creek. While their enrollment has remained steady, the declining economy caused their parish support to dwindle. An April letter went home indicating that parents would have to raise $350,000 before teacher contracts would be issued for the 2010-11 school year. Parents rallied and raised $250,000 by June 29. To raise the rest of the money, the school is currently holding a raffle for two season tickets for the Packer’s 2011 Season-all six games, one preseason and the option to purchase play-offs. Raffle tickets may be purchased by contacting the school office at 715-823-4360.
The future now looks bright for St. Rose St. Mary’s School. Parish Director Lincoln Wood comments, “People clearly appreciate St. Rose St. Mary’s ability to produce outstanding community members. We plan to continue that mission for a long time to come.”