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Sister Mary Alice Ashton, OSF

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placeholder June 23, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA


ALL photos by José Luis Aguirre
Saying good-bye to
St. Barnabas School

St. Barnabas School held a ceremony June 11, marking the end of its 50 years of Catholic education in Alameda. The school is closing because of low enrollment. Most students are transferring to neighboring Catholic schools in Alameda, Oakland and San Lorenzo. Some will attend public schools.

AT RIGHT: Jessica Roncalli-McCoard, a former second grader (far left), and kindergarten students Leo Miranda, Christine Villanueva and Eric Tuason listen as their principal, Terri Kurczewski, leads the farewell ceremony.

Sixth grader Bailey Russ and Caitlin Emig, a 2007 graduate, embrace during the closing ceremony.

Kindergarten students Eowynne Sutton, Christine Villanueva and Kimora Robinson show the memory box where student representatives placed symbols of life at the school — a crucifix, religion book, candle, sweatshirt, trophy, yearbook, graduation ribbon, and history of the school. They also included a key to symbolize their wish that the school will re-open some day.

ABOVE: Third graders Miracris Villanueva and Kennedy Russ cry as they leave the school on the last day. AT RIGHT: Sister Marie Myers, former principal, signs the shirt of sixth grader Austine Delos Santos.

AT LEFT: Principal Terri Kurczewski gives a good-bye hug to fourth grader Doel Sanchez. ABOVE: Fifth/sixth grade teacher Rochelle Kealohi, former teacher Michael Marcheschi and longtime parents Minda Chai and Jo Kahuanui show their sadness during the farewell event.
 
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