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Holy Trinity School closes its doors after 50 years

Sr. Rose Schillinger Sr. Rose Schillinger

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One last flag assembly. That's how students and staff at Holy Trinity celebrated their last day. The only work in the classroom involved taking tables, supplies and books out. They'll be donated to other schools and to charity. After that, students and staff were free to enjoy their final moments with one another.

After 50 years, Holy Trinity School is closing its doors Monday. Father Gary Secor, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, made the call to close the school last month. He says enrollment was down, and the number of families on financial aid at the Catholic school was up. Years ago it had more than 200 students, enrollment fell to just 68 this year.

"It's very sad. I'd cry, but I shouldn't. No. It's hard because so many wanted to stay and graduate from Holy Trinity. And they just can't now" said Principal Sister Rose Schillinger.

"I will miss the school very much since I've been here 33 years. I don't know what I'm going to do with myself now" said teacher Sister Tomasa Marcos.

First-grader Ryan Stone said he was sad because the school is closing down. He's going to miss his friends. While it's true the kids won't see each other on a regular basis like they would if they all went to the same school, they see the closure as a unique opportunity to share what they've learned here.

"Holy Trinity's not the school or the building" said fifth-grader Ravane Montero.

"That means we can go to different schools, teach everyone about living God's love" said fifth-grader Noah Pearce.

As for the building itself the church is thinking about renting it out. Even if the rooms are empty at this time next year, the kids of Holy Trinity are confident and ready for the challenges ahead.

After 50 years, Holy Trinity School is closing its doors Monday. Father Gary Secor, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, made the call to close the school last month.

He says enrollment was down, and the number of families on financial aid at the Catholic school was up.

The Catholic school has offered classes from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Years ago it had more than 200 students, enrollment fell to just 68 this year.

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