St. Michael's will be able to keep its doors open through the spring
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
BRYAN -- For the past few months parents and students of St. Michael's in Bryan weren't sure if they'd have a school to come back to after the holiday season.
But thanks to a lot of fundraising and a generous donation, all that's changed.
Now the school won't have to worry about closing its doors and it will remain open through the end of the year.
St. Michael's future has been uncertain since an audit in September revealed the school needed more than $550,000 to stay open through the end of the year.
"Since I took over as head, this is sort of back-log from a few years back and we said, 'you know what, we need to make this happen now. We need to get this done and move forward with a clean slate,'" said head of St. Michael's, Dr. Kate Lucchese.
Since word spread about their financial crisis, the St. Michael's family has been overwhelmed by community donations and a generous donor willing to underwrite teacher's salaries for the spring.
"You know, we've had some concerns but I think overall we've had a very positive feeling because you know we aren't willing to give up. That's not an option so I think that steadfastness is what has gotten us to where we are now," said Jenny Bollem, a St. Michael's parent.
Since September, St. Michael's has raised over $173,000 to keep their doors open through the spring and they're calling it their Thanksgiving Day miracle.
"It was going to be hard to talk about Thanksgiving if we didn't have as much to be thankful for. I mean the kids are always wonderful and the pageant is always great and there is always lots to be thankful for but this is just on top of all that," said Dr. Lucchese.
And Jenny Bollem adds, "This is one of the biggest blessings that we could have asked for, it really is."
A blessing that came just in time for the holiday season.