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Catholic Elementary School Grads to Gather for All-School Reunion
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Have you ever wondered what happened to your favorite teacher, best friend or the class clown from your elementary school? Well, here’s your chance to find out. The Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP) is hosting The Spirit We Share All Catholic Elementary School Reunion 2010 on Sunday, October 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Former students from every Catholic elementary school, currently open, merged or closed throughout Western New York are welcome.

The Diocese of Buffalo is one of seven dioceses in New York and Connecticut participating in a groundbreaking initiative called the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP) whose goal is to help Catholic elementary schools reconnect with their alumni. The program, the first of its kind in the United States, is fully funded by a multimillion dollar grant from New York City philanthropist Robert Wilson.

In recent months, more than 200,000 letters were sent out to former students from 151 schools across Western New York in an effort to reconnect with alumni. The response received was overwhelming. Many alumni sent back photos and wrote lengthy reminiscences of their elementary school days.

• “I have wonderful memories. I believe that the strong elementary education I received at St. Martin’s and later at St. Teresa’s served me well in life.” St. Martin of Tours and St. Teresa, South Buffalo

• “I loved attending Transfiguration. Not only did I have fun, but the nuns gave us a wonderful education and foundation for our lives.” Transfiguration School, Olean

• “I have so many fond memories of my time at DeSales; the caring teachers, the great friends and the comforting atmosphere. DeSales helped build my strong Catholic faith, which I am forever grateful. I wish them many years of success…” DeSales Catholic School, Lockport

• “St. Mark’s was a great introduction into learning – the sisters of St. Joseph were compassion-ate and caring. I loved the dance lessons we had and the social functions. I received a great foundation for learning!” St. Mark School, North Buffalo

The response from the mailings was so enthusiastic that a reunion is being planned. “The Spirit We Share Reunion 2010 is an effort to bring together hundreds, possibly thousands of former students, who are the living legacy of Catholic schools, to reconnect and experience some of the spirit and exuberance they felt as kids,” said Karin Krasevac-Lenz, director of the CAP program in Buffalo.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will be on hand to offer a blessing.

Enjoy food stations and music, casual attire. The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

For more information, to RSVP or volunteer, please contact 716-847-8380.   To register and pay online, click here.

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