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Parents Raise Funds to Keep School Open

Parents Raise Funds to Keep School Open

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Kimberly Houck reporting One-hundred-fifty thousand dollars is raised and the Deseret Academy will be back in session come Monday morning.

"Some parents went door to door in their neighborhoods and said, 'Here's the school where we belong go. We'd like to see it survive.' They came away with thousands of dollars of contributions."

The Deseret Academy sent notes home with students yesterday saying that the school was shutting down because of a major financial shortfall.

But parents rallied to keep their kids' school open.

The Deseret Academy is a private school with about 120 students. It's not affiliated with the LDS Church, but the school teaches the Church's beliefs.

Today, parents got some welcome news.

It's been a long 24 hours for the parents who send their kids to this school. Tuition runs $3,600 a student, but Friday parents were faced with having to look for other schools.

Budget shortfalls, late tuition payments, and big financial mistakes led to the temporary collapse of Deseret Academy, a school that's only been around for six years.

But parents refused to let the school close.

Paul Clayson/ Parent: "These parents have come to believe, including me, that the values, morals, the science, and the community service that is taught at this school is unmatched anywhere."

Kim Anable/ Parent: "My kids have attention deficit disorder. They are hyper, but this school teaches them to not only serve their community but absolutely, they adore it."

It's sentiment like these that forced parents to take matters into their own hands, going door to door and even contributing themselves, to raise the $150,000 needed to put the school out of the red. The money will pay back taxes, bills, and some teachers who went without a paycheck.

Paul Clayson/ Parent: "We'll be able to pay those past obligations."

What turned out as a scare Friday has turned into a ray of hope for parents who will once again bring their kids to school here Monday morning.

Parent: "This school teaches morals. It teaches religion. It's made a very big difference in my daughter's life."

Parents and school administrators also have a future plan to keep the school financially stable. They will start pursuing personal and corporate donations, and do some heavy-duty fundraising.

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