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Community turns out to support St. Agnes

"So, what do we need?" Father Morgan said. "Well, simply put, we need more students."

Parents, teachers, and alumni asked Bayruns and Father Morgan what they could do to keep the school's doors open. Lake Placid School Board member Pat Grant sent three children to St. Agnes.

"What is it going to take?" she asked. "Does someone have an answer?"

Shannon Duffy, who graduated from St. Agnes in 1999, encouraged other former students to spread the word about the benefits of an education at St. Agnes School.

"The alums are the ones that went here and we're the ones that can speak first hand for what this has done for us and for our lives," Duffy said. "I know, I went here, and I definitely wouldn't have had it any other way. It's a close community and everybody feels just like a family. It's something I would never forget and I'll fight and do whatever I can."

Throughout the course of the meeting, several parents with children in the school's pre-k program confirmed they would send their kids to kindergarten next fall, raising enrollment from 37 to 42 students.

Glenice Gallagher graduated from the school's sixth grade last Friday. She said it would be a loss for Lake Placid if the school were to close.

"It would be really sad because I actually asked my parents if I could go here," she said. "And if it closed it'd just be weird without it in Lake Placid."

After the meeting, Father Morgan was optimistic that the support of the community could help to keep the school from closing.

"All this positive energy here now, that we've had tonight, which is wonderful and so affirmative for St. Agnes School, now it just needs to be channeled into real action," Father Morgan said. "Beating the bushes for students out there, get the good news about St. Agnes School out there, and getting a firm financial basis too, for the school to survive and thrive."

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