Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I was devastated to learn today that St. Mary's Elementary School in Claremont will be closing at the end of this year. St. Mary's was to celebrate its 120th anniversary next year. The enrollment has dropped in half, to approximately 85, over the past few years. This news is incredibly sad for Catholic schools in New Hampshire and really has upset me to the core. I am not sure what the answer is, but the challenge and importance of saving our Catholic schools is great. I wonder if it would be ever possible to assemble the top minds in education and business in the state to plot a strategy to save these gems in our midst. My heart breaks to lose another school, and I know all to well it is only a matter of time before we lose more.
I do not believe for one minute that the days of Catholic Education in New Hampshire are over. To the contrary, I believe bright days lay ahead. The challenge is to use our Yankee ingenuity to make the impossible reality and to have the audacity to place our hope in Christ. In the past, generations of immigrants with much less were able to do the unthinkable and build great churches, schools and hospitals. I can't help but think what we can do if we are willing to dream, to invest and to give from our hearts. Now more than ever is the time to act boldly. We can quietly retreat or we can march bravely forward. Call me a fool, but I think our best days are ahead and that we need to start making them a reality. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
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