Marist High School donates medical supplies to Bayonne Medical Center

President Peter Kane hand delivered masks, gowns and other supplies on March 30

President Peter Kane delivered the donation to Bayonne Medical Center.
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President Peter Kane delivered the donation to Bayonne Medical Center.

Even though the school in Bayonne is shutting down at the end of the year, Marist High School is doing its part in the city to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marist High School is donating medical supplies to Bayonne Medical Center amid the widespread shortage throughout hospitals in Hudson County.

Marist High School President Peter G. Kane delivered desperately needed medical supplies to Bayonne Medical Center on March 30. The donation consisted of medical supplies including gowns, masks, gloves and industrial cleaning sanitizer.

Specifically, over 200 gowns and dozens of protective masks, along with several cases of Clorox sanitizing wipes.

The supplies were used as part of the MEDQUEST program at Marist High School which over the last decade has trained and certified over 100 students to be New Jersey Department of Health certified medical technicians.

“In this critical time for our community, all of us must do all that we can to help our neighbors in need,” Kane stated. “These supplies are a small token of the appreciation we at Marist feel for the medical professionals on the front lines at Bayonne Medical Center.”

Marist announced earlier this year that it will be closing its doors in June, after 65 years of operations.

The last Catholic high school in the city

The closing is the result of an operating funds deficit that depleted the school’s reserves, according to a press release from school officials on Jan. 8. Fewer and fewer students have enrolled in Marist High School over the past 10 years, with enrollment declining by more than half since 2008.

The Archdiocese of Newark does not own the school. Instead, the Marist Brothers and the provincial council run the school and had to make the decision.

The Marist Brothers and the school administration tried to prevent Marist from closing through a campaign they announced called “Save The School.” The 2017 campaign needed to raise $1.5 million to continue operations. However, the effort was unsuccessful, bringing in only $750,000.

All classes, athletic team schedules, guidance, and extracurricular activities at Marist were scheduled to continue through June.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students had to temporarily say goodbye to Marist High School earlier than expected.

Currently, students in Bayonne are attending school remotely from home, using virtual learning since March 16. Marist Students enjoyed their spring break from March 16 through March 20 before transitioning to virtual learning.

According to Superintendent Niesz, schools are still expected to reopen by April 20, however, that could still change as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies. Ultimately, that decision will be up to the Marist Brothers.

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