TICONDEROGA - St. Mary's School is doing important work in Ticonderoga.
That's the belief of David Clark of the Northern Conference of the Knights of Columbus.
"It's getting more and more expensive to run (Catholic) schools and fewer and fewer students attend," Clark said. "Catholic schools are disappearing.
"They teach reading, writing and math, but they also teach values - which are priceless," he added. "They have a tremendous value for our communities and do so much for all of us. I hope Ticonderoga hangs on to its school with all it's got."
Clark made the trip from Plattsburgh Sept. 21 to present a $1,500 donation to the Ti school. The award was given during a meeting of the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus.
He was accompanied by Art Rich of Port Henry, the new Knights of Columbus district deputy, and other Knight leaders.
Sister Sharon Dalton, St. Mary's School principal, accepted the donation.
"It's not just the money, it's the time you've given to St, Mary's that we appreciate," she told Knights.
Dalton, who has been a Catholic school principal 30 years - the past 24 at St. Mary's - acknowledged the challenges facing Catholic education, but said the Ticonderoga facility remains strong.
She praised Father Bill Muench, St. Mary's Church pastor, and the school staff.
"We're fortunate to have the support of Father Bill and a wonderful staff," Dalton said. "I've been blessed."
Muench also thanked the Knights of Columbus for their support.