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Scottdale-based Catholic school gets $25K donation

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By Andrew Hesner
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

The Scottdale-based Roman Catholic school St. John the Baptist received a $25,000 donation recently.

Charles Fischer, a local resident and member of the church, saw the school was in need and decided to contribute the money.

The donation was in memory of Fischer's wife, Mary Ellen, who passed away in August.

“The monetary gift came about when Mr. Fischer decided to donate a copier but realized it was already donated,” said St. John's principal Joseph Dreliszak.

As a result of Fischer's generous donation, Dreliszak renamed and dedicated the kindergarten as The Charles and Mary Ellen Fischer Kindergarten Learning Center.

Both of the Fischers were retired teachers who moved to the area about nine years ago.

The newly recognized kindergarten center houses a full-day kindergarten for 12 students. It offers spiritual, educational and social opportunities for children.

“We are a school that takes pride in both academic achievement and spiritual enhancement,” Dreliszak said.

St. John the Baptist School was opened in 1889 by the Greensburg Sisters of Charity. It offers classes from preschool to eighth grade.

“We are a community that welcomes all faiths,” Dreliszak said.

Andrew Hesner is a freelance writer.

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