Catholic School Receives Million Dollar Donation

HARTFORD — SS. Cyril and Methodius School in Hartford has received one million dollars from an anonymous donor.

According to Principal Joy Chlus, the school, which has provided a quality, faith-filled education to city students for over 100 years, will spend considerable time determining how the money can best be utilized.

“When I received the news from the archbishop, it was like we hit the lottery,” said Chlus. “This is a once in a life-time windfall, and we need to give thoughtful consideration to how to spend the donation wisely.”

The Rev. Adam Hurbanczuk, pastor of SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish, said the gift could possibly go towards expanding the school’s academic programs and buying technological equipment. He hopes that making improvements like this will help to increase student enrollment.

The same anonymous donor contributed two million dollars to St. Augustine School in March of 2011. Since then, St. Augustine has experienced a renaissance. The school has enhanced its Spanish and music programs, expanded its after school activities, made much-needed repairs to its classrooms and playground, and has seen its enrollment double.

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dale R. Hoyt envisions the same success for SS. Cyril and Methodius School.

“We are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor whose generosity will make such a positive impact on SS. Cyril and Methodius School. This gift will allow a wonderful school to further enhance its excellent offerings and attract more interested families to the high quality of its educational program. The benefits of Saints Cyril and Methodius elementary school experience are numerous and will be further multiplied by the blessing of this welcome philanthropic contribution,” said Hoyt.

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