Cleveland, Ohio, Mar 16, 2022 / 15:00 pm
What a difference a week makes.
Last week, dozens of volunteers were scurrying through St. Bridget of Kildare School in Parma unloading and organizing thousands of donated items to help St. Anthony of Padua School, also in Parma, reopen in the aftermath of a fire that severely damaged its building. Volunteers included St. Anthony parents and parishioners, as well as students from nearby Holy Name High School in Parma Heights and Padua Franciscan High School in Parma. Padua and St. Anthony of Padua Parish share a campus on State Road.
St. Bridget School closed in June and thanks to the foresight of Father Rob Wisniewski, the parish pastor, the vacant building had been cleaned top to bottom and was ready for its next tenant. Little did anyone realize that would be another Parma Catholic school.
A devastating arson fire on Feb. 19 caused more than $1 million damage at St. Anthony School, forcing more than 200 students in grades K-8, the faculty and staff to move into temporary quarters for the remainder of the school year. Crews continue to work at the St. Anthony building to remove debris, assess damage and begin repairs to the 60-year-old structure.