Tuesday, June 23, 2009

5 Queens Catholic schools close doors for the last time

From NY1:

Saying goodbye was not easy for the students at St. Aloysius School in Ridgewood, Queens on Friday. As they filed out of the building for the the last time many were brought to tears.

St. Aloysius is one of eight catholic schools in the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn that are closing this year, due to victims of rising operating costs and declining enrollment. They join a long list of schools to lock their doors in recent years.

The closing of St. Aloysius has ended the school's 116-year history.

Most of the students told NY1 that they plan to attend other Catholic schools in the area, but others were not sure.

The students were not the only ones who were upset about the closing. Some of the parents were also in tears, including those who were St. Aloysius alumni.

The other schools closing in Queens are St. Benedict Joseph Labre, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Ann and Blessed Sacrament.


georgetheatheist said...

When I used to go to Catholic School in the 1950's, Wednesday was a half-day of school because Catholic Public School kids would attend "released time" classes at the school for their religious instruction.

Maybe these dispossessed Catholic students could attend religious instruction at their local madrassah?

Just a suggestion.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above comment. I went to a public elementary school where even though it wasn't a Catholic school our parents could sign us up for Wednesday religious instruction called "released time". We'd have a half a day and those students whom were signed up by their parents were taken out of class and headed over by a chaperon to the local church for instruction.