St. Mary's Academy open house aims to increase enrollment

DeLong said everyone in the school acts the same way.

"Right from the lunch room person, to the gym teacher, to the janitors, to the principal, to the priest. Everybody knows all the children and I think that's what makes it so special," she said.

Another aspect of the school Cordata, DeLong and Delbel all noted, was there is no bullying and teachers never raise their voice to the students.

"Those types of things don't happen at St. Mary's," said DeLong.

Cordata recalled one instance where a third-grader who had just enrolled at the school was asked by her mother if she was making any friends.

"She said, 'Mom, at St. Mary's, everybody's friends,'" Cordata quoted of the student. "There's no making fun of anybody, or looking down on anyone, and also the gospel values are taught."

Gospel values such as integrity, responsibility, caring for others, and selflessness, are ones Cordata said can't be taught in public schools, but she believes makes for a "total education."

Delbel also noted students who attend St. Mary's do not necessarily have to be of Christian faith.

"It's not just Catholic parents. We take children of all religions and no religions," he said. "They're all welcome to come."

"We don't breathe down their necks. So, if a Protestant child came, or a child with no religion, or a non-Christian child came, we would make sure they were just as nicely treated and respected for who they were," Delbel added.

The school will be open March 11 at 11 a.m. and March 12 at 7:30 a.m. There is no fee for the open house, except for lunch, if desired, which is $2. For more information, contact the school at 298-3372 or visit www.stmarysacademy.net. The school is located at 1129 State Route 9.

Bonus for registration

According to Lisa DeLong, Global Fitness and Martial Arts on State Route 9 in Champlain will give a family membership to the gym for any student who enrolls at St. Mary's Academy for the 2010-11 school year, to be used throughout the year.

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