Saint Anne School in Santa Monica will host “Fiesta Centenaria” Saturday, September 27th, in celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary.
The celebration will begin at 4 p.m., with a Catholic Mass in the Saint Anne Shrine presided by Bishop Edward Clark, followed by a reception and dinner in the Saint Anne Shrine Pavilion at 5 p.m.
Since September 7th, 1908, Saint Anne School has sustained its founding mission of providing affordable, quality education to working class families, school officials said.
Saint Anne School, at 2015 Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica, is the only non-public Title 1 School in Santa Monica, where nearly 70 percent of the families attending the school live at or below the poverty level, according to a school official.
With donations from foundations, local private schools and businesses, Saint Anne School has kept its doors open when many Catholic schools are closing, school officials noted.
“Saint Anne has been such a part of Santa Monica’s history for 100 years and we’re excited to bring the community together to celebrate this event,” school principal Michael Browning said.
Chairperson Kendra King, a founding member of the Saint Anne Support Council and a current parent at the school, added, “We have seized this extraordinary moment to show the community the vital and proud tradition at the heart of our school community.”
She said the event will include an “array of historical and current photos that will be displayed, music by past and present talents from our school and a special historical perspective” presented by Channel 13’s 11 O’clock News anchorwoman Lauren Sanchez, “whose family is part of our community.”
The centennial celebration will pay tribute to honorees, including Sister Patricia Cronin and The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The Holy Name Sisters ran the school from 1913 until 1995, and Cronin was the principal of Saint Anne School from 1980 until 1995.
Another honoree is Stacy Franklin, whose three children graduated from Saint Anne Parish School and who has remained active at Saint Anne for nearly 50 years in programs ranging from Catholic Youth Organization to the food bank.
The final honoree is Crossroads School, which was the founder of the Saint Anne Support Council that is comprised of volunteers from many of the neighboring private schools and has been responsible for raising over $400,000 since its inception in 2006. The funds are used to support the ongoing mission of Saint Anne School to provide affordable quality education to working class families.
Information, event chairperson Kendra King, (310) 702-4424 or firstname.lastname@example.org/.