The Romanian Patriarchate bought new beds for the twelve preschoolers with hearing impairment of the St Mary School in Bucharest, which opened its gates for the new school year on September 11.
St Mary School is the only educational institution in Bucharest that provides special courses for children with hearing impairment.
Present at the opening ceremony of the new school year 2017-2018, the Romanian Patriarchate’s spokesperson, Vasile Banescu, read out the message of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel addressing students. He also pointed to the outstanding activity of the school that takes care of 158 hearing-impaired children, 92 of them coming from all across the country.
There are 32 highly committed teachers in this school, who are devoted to these children with special needs. Florica Stoica, the school’s principal, is a very faithful person who has done many beautiful things for this educational institution and for the children who are learning here, Mr. Vasile Banescu said Sept. 11.
The event was opened by a Doxology (Te Deum service) officiated by Fr. Gheorghe Dogaru, who offered prayers for the enlightenment of students entering the new school year.
Those present included Deputy Adriana Saftoiu and Liana Mitran, representative of the Ministry of National Education.
Established in 1919 by the Royal Order of Queen Mary of Romania, the special Secondary School for hearing-impaired “Saint Mary” started its classes two years later for 21 students.
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