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The following article was posted on September 18th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 28 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 28

Happy 75th, St. Mary!

BY AMY ASMAN


JUST LIKE A BIRTHDAY PARTY
Students at St. Mary of the Assumption School celebrated its 75th anniversary at a Sept. 13. pep rally that included cake.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. MARY’S SCHOOL

St. Mary of the Assumption School kicked off a year’s worth of 75th anniversary celebrations this week with a pep rally, open house, and dinner. The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity welcomed children on Sept. 14, 1938 to St. Mary of the Assumption School, the first Catholic school in the Santa Maria Valley.

On Sept. 13, “student families” participated in an all-school pep rally and party. St. Mary’s School forms families of students in grades kindergarten through eighth to “develop closer bonds and strong student-led support programs,” St. Mary’s officials said in a press release. Eighth graders serve as mentors and family leaders.

On Sept. 14, students, alumni, and community members enjoyed a commemorative mass, school open house, and a 75th anniversary celebration dinner at the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.


THAT'S PEP!
The festivities featured a marshmallow race.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. MARY’S SCHOOL

“It was really fun to meet some of our alumni and have them walk around the campus and tell us their stories and traditions and where their classrooms were,” principal Michelle Cox told the Sun.

One of the alumni who came to the open house attended the school as a seventh grader the first year it opened, Cox said.

In addition to founding St. Mary’s school, the Sisters of Penance and Charity also established in 1940 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hospital, which today is Marian Regional Medical Center.