Tonawanda News

Opinion

March 20, 2014

Student: Keep St. Francis open

Tonawanda News — Hello. I am an eighth-grader at St. Francis of Assisi School in Tonawanda that most recently closed. This is obviously a sad time for everyone here. Although I may not be affected, my younger brother, along with many other students will have to go somewhere else for school. They will lose some of their friends that they have had since they were very young.

I, along with many others, came to St. Francis from North Tonawanda Catholic School which closed in 2010. I can say from past experience, that going through a school closing is very hard. Adjusting to school life is difficult. Not only that, you have to hope the new people are friendly. You have to meet new teachers, learn a whole new system of learning and try and meet new friends.

I have many good memories at St. Francis. Whether it is playing sports or being in a club or events. I feel it would be a shame if many of the younger kids didn’t get to take part in any of these activities. Also, many students’ parents went to this school and want to see their children graduate from their alma mater.

It makes me very sad to think that my family has to go through another school closing. We just went through one when the Diocese of Buffalo closed North Tonawanda Catholic three years ago. A lot of us came to St. Francis because it was located right over the bridge. It has smaller class sizes that we were used to and it is like a family. Fr. Mike is so great. He really supports all of us students; whether he is teaching our eighth grade class in the rectory, or just walking through the halls.

Please help our school stay open. We really need your help to keep our fight out there in the public eye.

Adam Gorski

eighth-grade student

St. Francis of Assisi School

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