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St. Agnes School will be able to ‘Raise the Roof’ thanks to support

April 13, 2017
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

In Lake Placid, one doesn't have to look far to find a St. Agnes School graduate. Even if we don't have alumni in our families, then we find them among our neighbors, coworkers, and friends.

Our parochial school has always been a community school, and as a community school, we are grateful not only for the parents and grandparents who entrust us with their children's education, but also for members of the parish and residents of Lake Placid.

As the principal of St. Agnes, I feel fortunate every day to work closely with parents and teachers who meet the academic and developmental needs of the youngest members of our community. Indeed, St. Agnes' faculty, families and volunteers deserve our great thanks for shaping a curriculum and environment that provide a firm foundation on which our students then build.

Central to St. Agnes' success has been coupling its rich history of the 20th century with best educational practices of the 21st century to establish a "whole child" experience that promotes values and faith formation, and assures the healthy social development of students age 3 to grade 3.

Local support of our school comes in many forms, from businesses who generously donate items to our auctions, to parishioners who "adopt-a-student" by covering a portion of tuition, to everyone who has had a hand in making the Christmas Bazaar, Car Raffle, and Spring Gala enjoyable Lake Placid traditions.

On Sunday, April 2, we announced the success of our Raise the Roof! drive, which will allow us to replace the school's roof when students depart for summer vacation in June.

For this critical project, the Lake Placid community helped us exceed our $75,000 goal, recognizing that it "takes a village" to raise and educate our children.

We offer a special thanks to the Lake Placid News, the Adirondack Foundation and the many year-round and part-time residents who have made possible this critical improvement to our building, enabling us to continue to educate and nurture children for years to come.

Catherine Bemis


St. Agnes School

Lake Placid



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