Fairfield University, Canterbury School show support for San Miguel Academy

This year Connecticut partner schools, The Canterbury School and Fairfield University were represented at the “Defying the Odds” Dinner at the Westchester Country Club on behalf of the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh , a school for at-risk boys in Newburgh, N.Y.

Pictured at The Defying the Odds event are Luis Tito” Jimenez (SMAN’13, Canterbury’17 presently at SUNY Maritime), Father Mark Connell, founder San Miguel Academy, Natasha Brenton, mother of three San Miguel students, including Na’sah Dabbs ( Canterbury’21), Rachel Stone head of Canterbury School and Henry Garcia (SMAN’11, Canterbury’14, Fairfield’18).

The Canterbury School and Fairfield University both have fully matriculated students from The Academy, which is a tuition-free school for ‘at risk’ boys.  

Rachel Stone, the head of the Canterbury School, current students, San Miguel Academy graduates and a Fairfield University student joined together in support of the school.

San Miguel Academy of Newburgh is a tuition-free school for 68 ‘at-risk’ boys, grades 5-8, in what is called the ‘Murder Capital of New York. It does not receive funding from any institution – not the state nor NY Archdiocese. It needs benefactors who give time as well as financial contributions to stay alive. San Miguel has sent school has sent 68 boys to high schools and 40 to college.

“Our IMPACT Awards recognize not just financial contributions, but those of service and time because that is what it takes to keep us alive,” said Father Mark Connell, founder of San Miguel Academy. “Without their selfless work and that of so many others, all of these young men would not be defying the odds stacked against them.I thank the entire Westchester, Fairfield and Orange county communities for their ongoing support of both time and money.”

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