LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Despite being slated for closure the Sacred Heart Catholic School alumni are working to keep the school's doors open.
Alumni, students and the community came together Saturday evening for a prayer march with hopes to save the school. The group marched from the school to the Lake Charles Diocese.
The Diocese's decision was based on low attendance and financial struggles at Sacred Heart. Meanwhile parishioners said the school has been in the area for over 100 years and is like a family.
"Our parents fought hard for this school and we want to keep it open. It was the first school in the community and we think that this school should stay open," said Bertha Sweet, march coordinator.
"Don't close our schools. Too important too much has been going on. Why close so much history, so much faith," said Amber Landry, Sacred Heart 7th grader.
"Keep Sacred Heart open for another year and at least to try the voucher program. To just keep the school and give it a chance because it's a really good school. We're just praying for a miracle," said Alexis Stokes, Sacred Heart Alumna.
Despite a resolution by the Lake Charles City Council asking the Diocese to wait to see if the state's new voucher program would help enrollment and financial issues Bishop Provost released a statement saying he stands by the decision to close the school.