The following comes from a Sept. 12 story in Catholic San Francisco.

More than 100 students returned to St. Rita School, Fairfax, after a six-month fundraising campaign by the parish community raised enough money to keep the 56-year-old K-8 school open for another year.

The campaign, started after pastor Father Kenneth Weare announced last February that the school would close because of low enrollment and rising costs, collected nearly $700,000 – including individual gifts from anonymous donors of $200,000 and $250,000.

The school was able to pay off a deficit from the 2012-13 school year and finance operations for 2013-14.

“The families are thrilled,” said Liz Marks, a St. Rita school board member and parent of an eighth grader. “There’s a renewed excitement about the future of the school that I think even the kids are caught up in.”

Father Weare and new principal John Black are reaching out to the community that rallied to save the school to explore ways of creating a competitive niche for St. Rita, which is in a relatively remote location of Marin County….

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