Students brave the cold to raise funds to keep school from closing

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The future is still unclear for several catholic grade schools in South St. Louis.

It comes as leaders of the Archdiocese made an announcement a few weeks ago to a have a new elementary school formed under a new name and close two others.

Students and parents are raising funds in the hopes of reversing the proposal.

Dozens of kids from St. James the Greater School in Dog town braved the cold   temperatures   Sunday   to sell coffee, hot cocoa and cookies to try and raise funds, hoping to keep its school doors open.

"It's a family, the community that comes together in times of crisis," said Melissa Cobb.

The school has been in existence for 114 years and is considered a corner stone of the neighborhood.

"We do live in this neighborhood and we are proud of it. We want to support as much in the neighborhood as we can, “said Lauren Anicich.

Last month the Archdiocesan school over-site committee made three recommendations, but one of the proposals stood out.

For a brand new school, but in order to do that, St. James and Our Lady of Sorrows would close at the end of the school year.

The new school would form under a new name, but on Joan of Arc's property.  Many parents and students are opposing the plan.

We reached out to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, so far no final decision has been made; but ultimately Archbishop Carlson will decide whether to move or not to move forward with the plan and leaders are hoping the decision will come by the end of year.