BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - For students at Holy Angels Academy, school is more than just a building; it's their home away from home.
"This was my second home. I mean this was family. We have the best teachers, to me. And the best girls, I don't get it" said Hanni Htat, a freshman at Holy Angels Academy.
After wiping away the tears the students vowed that they'd do whatever it takes to keep the lights on at the academy. They're pleading online for anyone to help.
News 4 spoke asked Board of Trustees member Maureen Maguire, if someone wants to make a donation how much does the school need. Maguire said she doesn't know yet.
"We want to respond to people but we want to be responsible so we are going to be discussing it at the finance committee level because it's not a simple answer. We have to take a lot of factors into account" said Maureen Maguire, Holy Angels Academy Board of Trustee Member.
The school purchased a $2.2 million dollar athletic and performance center back in 2007. Maguire said that didn't put the school in this position. Instead she attributes it to decreasing enrollment and fewer international students.
Maguire said she still hopes the school will be saved; but a few things would need to happen first.
"We'd need to raise significant funds and equally or more important we need to increase our enrollment to a comfortable level that we knew we could sustain the academy for decades to come "said Maguire.
The students have taken to Twitter asking everyone for their help. They're also asking for people to use the hash tag #SaveHAA. They have even made requests to professional athletes and celebrities.
In the meantime the school officials are holding sessions to help parents and students look for new schools for the fall.
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