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Parents, students of St. James the Greater hold sale for school's eventual closing

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Parents and students lined the streets of south St. Louis Sunday morning to save their school, which may be closing it's doors at the end of the school year. 

In October, the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced St. James the Greater would potentially join Our Lady of Sorrows in shutting down, which would force the students of those schools to attend St. Joan of Arc.

They sold hot cocoa, coffee and cookies at the corner of Clayton and Tamm Avenue in Dogtown while holding signs that read “Keep St. James”.

“My kids cried when I told them the news that the school may close,” Melissa Cobb said. “This is a family. This school is a family. Our slogan is ‘Community Happens Here’ and it’s true. 

“It’s not just the school but the entire neighborhood.”

Parents and students are well aware they’re not going to raise enough money to keep the school open by itself.  They are doing this sale simply to get the word out that they do not accept any potential decision which would force the kids in South St. Louis to attend a different Catholic school.

St. James the Greater has been around for 114 years and is considered a cornerstone of the neighborhood.  

To donate, you can go to the group's Facebook page.

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