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St Rose School's centennial starts Thursday

Published: Wed, September 25, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

100th anniversary celebration


St. Rose School in Girard is celebrating its 100th anniversary with festivities that begin Thursday with a pep rally for all students. There will be a special luncheon Friday for eighth-graders, who will be in the school’s 100th graduating class, and past and present eighth grade teachers and staff ; an open house and Mass on Sunday; and a dinner Sunday evening. Above, students from one of two eighth grade classes pose in front of a banner made in honor of the special anniversary.

By Jeanne Starmack



St. Rose School is approaching a special anniversary, and it’s party time.

Many students have passed through the school’s doors since it was established in 1913. Now, the school that’s been a community landmark on East Main Street will graduate it’s 100th eighth-grade class.

A celebration of 100 years and the end of a capital campaign that began four years ago will begin with a pep rally for all students at the school at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. At 2 p.m., the school will receive a proclamation from the Trumbull County commissioners.

On Friday, there will be a luncheon in the basement of the church for eighth-graders and past and present eighth-grade teachers and staff.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be an open house at the school, then a Mass at 3 p.m. with Bishop George V. Murry and the Rev. John Zuraw, monsignor at the church.

Finally, 300 people are expected for dinner at 5 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Hall in Youngstown.

Mary Ellen Britt, a 1960 St. Rose graduate, headed the capital campaign and is in charge of the celebration.

“Aren’t I lucky,” she said, laughing, as she and Linda Borton, St. Rose principal, sat in a classroom at the school last week.

But really, it’s all a labor of love for Britt, whose mother graduated from the school in 1929. Britt and her sister attended, then Britt’s daughters. Now her three grandchildren are the fourth generation of her family to attend.

The teaching staff is made up mostly of lay teachers now. But the Ursuline nuns were instrumental in starting the school, Britt said. One Ursuline nun, Sister Carole Suhar, remains as an intervention teacher.

The school continues to be the feeder school for Ursuline High School in Youngstown, said Borton.

“Whether [students] go on to Ursuline or to public schools, they are successful because of this foundation,” Borton said.

The original school, which cost $15,000 to build in 1913 and housed eight classrooms, was torn down four years ago. A bigger one that was built in 1955 has 21 classrooms and houses 251 students from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Through the capital campaign, the school has all new windows and a new roof, Britt said. “We want to do the gym floor next year.”

There also are new boilers and technological updates, said Borton.

The campaign raised a little over $400,000, Britt said, through contributions from alumni and friends of the school.

“It’s amazing we’ve been here that long,” Borton said. “The community is so unique among Catholic schools,” she continued. “They still get together with their elementary classmates.”

“We have several teachers who went here,” she said.

“It’s a fabulous place to work,” said Borton, who has been principal for five years.

“I hope it’s here another 100 years,” she said.


1Justmom(1 comment)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

In response to the above comment, I would like to first say that there are ALWAYS two sides to every story. I am proud to say I am a parent of St. Rose students. Dear friends of ours have an autistic child, that we love with all of our hearts. I was appalled when I read your "generalization" of St. Rose students and families. How dare you! My children have been on the honor roll repeatively and there has never been an issue, until this past year. One of my children was continuely verbally abused, spit on, cussed at, hit, and pushed by one student, in particular, with special needs. The aide that was to be assisting the child throughout the day, also could not control her words or actions. I will not go into detail here, but definitely vulgar. We chose St. Rose for several reasons, to say the least, we were exceptionally pleased with every aspect of this wonderful school. My child was placed next to this particular child during the school day because of being (as told), very "caring" and "kind", as well as "helpful". My family and I noticed a huge difference in my child, after several months: grades, depression, saddness etc. We came to find out, after voicing our concerns, that several other children and parents were going through the same thing. Like I said before, my love for special needs children is very strong, and in no way influenced my addressing this issue. I am sure if your child was tormented daily, you would act accordingly. So sad that you would oust the Catholic Religion and say such derrogatory statements concerning St. Rose children, families and staff. Remember, TWO SIDES to every story!

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2Btd123(1 comment)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

As a parent with multiple children attending St Rose school one of which requires additional help with their disability outrages me that you would point the finger to ALL of us parents and students and make us feel like we have no morals or compassion. Before you throw stones I believe parents, students and faculty were more then accommodating to making your children feel as welcomed as any student feels entering St Rose. Our children are taught to turn the other cheek, but there is a line with or without a disability. Physical abuse should not be tolerated under any circumstance. On top of that the aids defiantly used poor judgement while speaking to other children as noted on many occasions. So before you judge us as horrible monsters get all the facts straight.

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3St_rose_student(1 comment)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I am a proud student of at rose school, and I will say that your accusations are completely false. The autistic children were not so much the issue, all though they did spit, push, disrupt the class, and use vulgar language in the school an on the playground. However, the children's aids were as much of an issue as the children themselves. One aid would copy off of my answers for papers and tell them to the child. Students were commonly disrespected by them, being laughed at, yelled at, and gossiped about. They also said offensive remarks to one of my friends, whom I will not name. For the first quarter, one of the special children had made the honor roll with all A's. In the second quarter, her aid was switched because of an incident that the rest of the students were not made aware of. However, with the new aid, the special child did not make the honor roll. This is proof that the aids help them in more ways than "socially". Also, the special needs children disrupted class and damaged other people's property. During an art class, 4 children, including the special child and myself, we're selected to paint a prop for the Christmas pageant. Two aids remained in the room while the teacher took the rest of the class to decorate the gym. While they were gone, the special child had a fit, flinging red paint around the room, staining clothing and the floor. The TWO aids that were in the room stood by and watched, laughing at the situation. The children disrupted class by having temper tantrums in class, yelling profanities and throwing pencils. Students grades dropped and stress from being scared to go to school the next day caused depression and sleep deprivation. So, as I conclude my story, I will say one final word of advice. You may have your own opinions, but you need to be able to back up your statement with facts.

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