North Brooklyn families crowded into the auditorium of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy to eat baked goods and watch their children belt out songs from foreign countries during the annual International Night on October 19.
The school, which dates back to 1895, enrolls students between 3 years of age up through 8th grade, with roughly 70% of the student body being of Polish descent. Though St. Stan’s currently has 211 students, the evening’s event was filled to standing room only.
Over the last decade as the neighborhood’s demographics have changed, enrollment in local Catholic schools has dropped sharply, causing most to close their doors or relocate elsewhere.
Principal Christina Cieloszczyk, however, finds successful events like International Night to be encouraging. “One of the challenges we face is that we’re the last Catholic School left in Greenpoint,” she said. “People aren’t always aware that we’re still here. But it’s a wonderful experience for the children to get up there like tonight and see all their extended families out here cheering them on.”
St. Stan’s is located on 12 Newell St., one block east of McGuinness Boulevard. Other student performances during the school year are the Christmas Show and the Spring Show.
More information about the school can be found on their website, http://www.ststansacademy.org
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