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St. James the Greater school celebrates staying open another year

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Students of St. James the Greater (Credit: KMOV) Students of St. James the Greater (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOV.com) – A Catholic School in Dogtown that was nearly forced to close is celebrating a new chapter.

St. James the Greater invited the community to an open house Sunday to celebrate after the Archdiocese announced that the school can stay open next year.

Sandra Crowe said her family has always had ties to the school so it’s important to het it stays open.

“My brothers and I went to school here, my husband went to school here, my son went to school here,” Crowe said. “It’s very important to us, it’s in our blood, it’s all we know”

A group that calls themselves “Keep St. James Incorporated” worked to keep the school open by raising about $230,000 and also received $300,000 from an anonymous benefactor.

Families say that’s enough money to keep the school open for at least five years which gives them time to implement an even longer term goal which is to keep classrooms full.   

Parishioner Mike Hall says through keeping the school open, the community has come together and became stronger.

“I felt this unbelievable sense of community, I know we are going to come out of this stronger, I know as parents we can’t stick our heads in the sand and we have to nurture this school and take care of it,” Hall said.

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