Fundraising efforts help save Marist High School from closure

Fundraising efforts have been underway for weeks to raise $1.5 million to keep the school running. Fundraising efforts have been underway for weeks to raise $1.5 million to keep the school running.
BAYONNE -

A hard-fought campaign to save a Bayonne high school has paid off.

Administrators say they received word this weekend that Marist High School will remain open.

Fundraising efforts have been underway for weeks to raise $1.5 million to keep the school running. The campaign raised around half of what was needed.

The high school's owners, the Marist brothers, were so impressed with the fundraising, they say the school will remain open.

In a statement posted on the school's website, the brothers said "While Marist High School has made considerable efforts to secure its future, the campaign to keep Marist High School a viable option for education in Hudson County will need continued diligence in three critical areas: increasing student enrollment, increasing fundraising efforts, and continued collection of student tuition."

Students actually reached out to Whoopi Goldberg, who then suggested they contact the Pope.

They tell News 12 they haven't heard anything from the Pope yet, but say fundraising efforts will continue to ensure this school has a long future ahead. 

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