WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Dozens of parents and students are desperate to save their school in Westchester County that may close in a matter of months.
As CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported, during Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, students and parents from Our Lady of Good Counsel made their presence known and said a prayer to save their school.
“I need to stand up for what I believe. And this is something very important to me, my school is my second home,” said junior Emily Murray.
The students took their message to the monsignor, asking for help from the Archdiocese of New York.
“We need a miracle,” said parent Don Gray.
The White Plains campus, run by nuns from the Order of the Divine Compassion, is now up for sale due to financial problems and has to move out by July 1.
The elementary school just found a new location, but the all girls high school hasn’t had any luck, Gold reported
A spokesperson for the Order of the Divine Compassion said the organization isn’t giving up.
“It is a difficult situation. We completely understand why they’re concerned. The students need to know where they’re going to be going to school next fall,” said spokesperson Geoff Thompson.
The Archdiocese of New York said it’s working with leaders of the campus and giving whatever help it needs in finding another place to go.
But parents and students are still worried.
“Time is quickly running out for us to find another campus,” parent Joe Murray said.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do next year,” Emily Murray said.
It’s becoming more and more possible the 400 students at the school will have to find new schools to attend, and that’s not sitting well with them or their families.
“We’re going to keep fighting, we’re going to keep writing letters, we’re going to keep rallying,” said Gray.
A spokesperson for the sisters of the Order of the Divine Compassion said if the high school does close, other Catholic schools around White Plains will accommodate the students.