Mother Cabrini High School To Close; Crowdfunding Push Underway

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am by

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Mother Cabrini High School, Photo: Simone Weichselbaum, New York Daily News

It’s never good news to hear of an educational institution in danger of closing, especially one that’s been in operation for over a century. Such is the plight of Mother Cabrini High School in Washington Heights. The all-girls parochial school needs to raise a significant sum, or else it’s no more teachers, no more books at the end of this school year.

How significant? The Daily News reports an estimated $7 million is needed before the Board of Trustees will consider keeping the doors open. School spokesman Paul Snatchko brought to light that the school doesn’t receive funding from the Archdiocese of New York, but subsists solely on student tuition and donations. The school’s website cites a laundry list of economic hardships that would prove it impossible to continue for another academic year.

It goes without saying that parents are none-too-pleased with the blindsiding announcement. And, despite the large sum required, a social media grassroots effort to help save the school is well underway, with Indiegogo serving as the flagstone for their fundraising. Mother Cabrini boasts some successful alumni in its ranks, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

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