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March 8, 2014

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Father Peter Berg, formerly of Tonawanda and now pastor of two churches in the Adirondacks, sent a copy of a 2005 newsletter of the Historical Society of the Tonawandas which presented the history of St. Francis of Assisi parish and school.

“The school,” the article reads, “a three-story brick structure with a mansard roof was dedicated in 1884. It stood on the site where St. Francis Church stands today. ...  The 1856 frame school house on Adam Street was moved in 1889 to the foot of Morgan Street where it was converted into a dwelling.”

Today’s St. Francis School news includes the determination of the students to help a sister-school, St. Bernadette’s in Orchard Park, which the diocese will close at the end of the school year. St. Francis recently won the Channel 2 Andy Parker Weather Machine contest and the students are now working to make sure St. Bernadette’s wins the March contest. So they are enlisting parents, friends and anyone who’d like to join in the project to email the weather word of the day in favor of St. Bernadette’s. As of last count, the school has gone from 20th to ninth place. For each month the contest continues, the school will pick one of the schools on the “closing list” to help that school win the contest. “We want their kids to have something fun and something to look forward to, as well,” an eighth-grader emailed. Talk about paying it forward.

Another email from St. Francis notes that the school is almost at 100 percent re-registration. As a thank you, all families who have their completed registration packets into the office by March 21 will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paper white, donated by the Home School Association.

It seems St. Francis is not in favor with the diocese as proven by the listing on the diocese’s official school Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/WNYCatholicSchools) listing that Catholic Academy of West Buffalo won second place in the Weather Machine contest, but did not even mention that St. Francis won the event. Kudos to Catholic Academy. However, what about St. Francis?

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