FRAMINGHAM – The Marian High junior class president has launched a GoFundMe, with a goal of $5 million, to save his high school.
The private, Catholic high school first opened in 1956, and includes among its alumni the late Christa Corrigan McAuliffe.
“Today we, as students were informed that the school is to close at the end of the 2017-2018 school year,” wrote Brendan Seitz, in creating the GoFindMe.
“As the Junior Class President, I want to assist in the saving of Marian High School. I am fully supported by all of my peers and faculty here at Marian,” wrote Seitz.
“Please Donate! Anything helps. #SaveMarian #MustangsNeverDie,” wrote Seitz.
Marian is closing, in part, due to dwindling enrollment.
Enrollment at Marian High has decreased in the past few years from 304 students in 2012 to 221 this academic year, said its President John Ermilio.
The incoming freshman class for the 2018-19 year stands at just 16 students, he said. The projected enrollment for the 2018-19 school year was at 185 students.
“The Marian Community welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, from all corners of the globe, and it helps foster the growth and development of each of the individuals that attend the school. Marian is always a safe place for every single person and the sense of community is the key point for our education. We have Faith Based academics. Much like our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph we are welcoming and we help thy” dear neighbor. As a Marian community we volunteer over 6000+ hours of community service whether it is helping our local nuns or assisting with the food pantries in the surrounding areas. There are countless memories and legacies that live in this school. This Catholic School provides an affordable education that is open to all people. It also teaches people how to be a kind person no matter what,” wrote Seitz.