Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy Benefit Honors Robert and Mary Ellen Dittus

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Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (2nd from left) and Principal James Daino (right) with students of Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy  (Photo Credit: Harisch Studios)

“Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy provides educational excellence from Nursery School (3 years old) to 8th grade. We address the total development of our student body in our educational program that is rooted in the Christian tradition,” said Principal James Daino.

Last year the school received the Platinum School Award for Mathletics and they are looking forward to maintain their title this year. Their Reading Plus program helped the school achieve 78% of the student population reading at grade level by the end of the previous school year. This year they look to increase this by 10% and ultimately having all students read at grade level by next year.

Today Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy is the sole Catholic school remaining in Williamsburg. This annual benefit’s proceeds go to support the school in funding programs and technology, as well as maintaining the curriculum currently offered. Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Bishop Sansiriq were among those in attendance at this year’s benefit.

A couple who have had a lifelong connection with Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy and their legacy schools were honored at the school’s third annual benefit dinner. When Robert and Mary Ellen Dittus were growing up in North Brooklyn there were several Catholic schools to choose from. Mary Ellen attended St. Cecilia, and then graduated from St. Nicholas High School, whose building became the home of Queen of the Rosary

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Robert and Mary Ellen Dittus the honorees of Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy’s 3rd Annual Benefit (Photo Credit: Harisch Studios)

Catholic Academy. Robert went to St. Nicholas Elementary School and then on to Archbishop Molloy High School. Mary Ellen and Bob married and both of their children attended St. Nicholas School — their son was a member of the first graduating class of Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy. Robert’s mother, Jacqueline, also attended St. Nicholas Elementary School.

“If there’s a Queen of the Rosary family it is the Dittuses! For their support of the Williamsburg community, of Catholic education, and of our school and students in particular, tonight it is our privilege to honor Mary Ellen and Bob Dittus,” said Mark Moss, Chairman of Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy.

Author: The Greenline

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