FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2015
St. Dorothy Catholic Grammar School
7740 S. Eberhart Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60619
St. Dorothy School Concerned Alumni & Community to Prevent Closure of A Historically African-American Institution Phone # 773-467-7791
Are our efforts to Save St. Dorothy Catholic Grammar School Worth It? YES and Here’s Why!
Throughout its nearly one hundred-year existence as a Catholic institution of primary education founded in excellence and service, St. Dorothy School prepared its students for excellence in life. St. Dorothy alumni include former and current executive directors, vice presidents, attorneys, executive managers, IT professionals, doctors, political consultants, educators and the list goes on and on.
The general information provided over summer 2014 to the St. Dorothy Parish Community was that we would have up to three years to address the concerns of the school. Then without communicating a change in this strategy, the Archdiocese and Parish announced that the school would close and merge with St. Columbanus School. We are mystified by the total disenfranchisement of the St. Dorothy Parish Community. We were not given proper notice and opportunity to engage in problem resolution. The discussion went from possibilities in September 2014 to a clear abandonment of the school and its ninety-eight (98) years of needed service to its parish and community.
This community needs a path to self-reliance, not another vacant building, not another testament to hopelessness or track to the criminal justice system. We need to re-commit to our community, not close St. Dorothy School. To accomplish these goals, we have requested a meeting with Archbishop Cupich.
~Join us Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 Noon for our Next Committee Meeting~ Mather’s More Than a Café
33 E. 83rd Street