St. Joseph School in Batavia is a winner of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce awards for 2012by Alecia Kaus - The Batavian
They have a strong tradition of supporting the community while
struggling to make ends meet," Zambito says. "The school continues to
find ways to expand programs like advanced math and sciences along with
athletics and music while other institutions have been cutting their
St. Joe's gets very little funding from the state.Tuition and enrollment are very important. "It's what we are used to, we have always done more with less," Green says.
The parents also play an important role. They help with raising funds by volunteering to work at Friday night bingo, the Mammoth sale, fruit sale, Walk-a-thon, Popcorn Ball, and the Penny Carnival. According to Green, "Those big events give us enough money so that we can give our kids and teachers extras like iPads and SMART Boards to work with. We've tried to make the technology really important here and I think that's how we stay afloat."
In Genesee County, St. Joseph School is the last remaining Catholic elementary school. St. Mary's closed in 2004 and St. Anthony's in 2006.
Looking forward to the 2013-14 school year, the first, third and
fourth grades are full and have a waiting list. Kindergarten is filling
up fast with only five spaces open. At the middle-school level, sixth,
seventh and eighth grades are all open.
Parents who have enrolled their children in 3- and 4-year-old preschool can take advantage of the school's Wrap Around Program which was started two years ago. Green says this program has taken off. It's for parents who need an affordable safe place to take their kids after the half day pre-school session.
Green says her group of teachers, aides and support staff are amazing. They go above and beyond every day. Some run the After School Program, some are involved in extracurricular activities like Drama Club and Art Class and all are available after school each day to provide support for students and parents.
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