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Holy Family School launches new website to connect with alumni across the world

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. – Holy Family School , a Catholic regional elementary school in Phoenixville , Pa. , announces the launch of a new alumni and friends website, www.hfsalumni.org.

The official launch is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family School , Third and Buttonwood Streets, Phoenixville. The school's future alumni, the eighth grade graduating class of 2009, will register as a group to kick-off the opening of the site to the public.

"With the launch of the Holy Family Alumni & Friends website, we hope to offer a virtual community where our alumni, alumni parents, and supporters can come together," says Kelly Dychdala, director of alumni and development. "Holy Family School commits to support their students not only while in the classroom, but as they grow to become contributing members of our global world. We hope that through this site, we can also offer opportunities for alumni to mentor and contribute their gifts of time, talent, and treasure back to help sustain Holy Family School for generations to come."

With a growing base of graduates, Holy Family wanted to cultivate stronger bonds with and among alumni that would lay the foundation for the creation of an active alumni association. To this end, Holy Family deployed the services of Alumni Channel, a web provider of online alumni communities for schools and other non-profit organizations, for online community building. The school now has a single point of entry that allows alumni to self-maintain their profile information which can then be used for communication from the school.

"Schools face a real challenge in keeping connected with alumni who, after graduation, scatter throughout the world," said Chris Gehringer, president of Alumni Channel. "Holy Family is taking a leadership position in how it uses technology to give its alumni - regardless of whether they live in the area or the Far East - an easy way to stay involved."

Any person who attended the following Phoenixville area grade schools is eligible to register as an alumnus or friend at the site: St. Ann , St. Mary of the Assumption, Holy Trinity, or Sacred Heart. These schools merged in the late 1980s to form one school: Holy Family School.

To visit the Holy Family School alumni website, go to HFSalumni.org. Registration at the site is open to alumni and friends, as well as former and current teachers and parents.

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