An orthodontist who has been practicing in South San Francisco and American Canyon, California, for several decades, William Fay, DDS, offers flexible payment options to his clients, and accepts most insurance programs. In addition, he provides pro bono treatments for clients who cannot afford necessary treatments. Long active in civic affairs, he was for several years a member of San Francisco’s Planning Commission. William Fay, DDS, enthusiastically supports several charitable organizations and schools, especially Holy Angels Elementary School in the South San Francisco town of Colma.
Established in 1952 by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, Holy Angels Elementary School is a K-8 co-educational Catholic school. It began with grades 1 through 5, and for the next three years it added another grade at the beginning of each school year. The kindergarten program was added in 1982, and computers were installed the following year, as the sisters converted a portion of the library to a computer center. The rest of the library was absorbed by the computer lab in 1992, following a generous donation of computers from a Filipino group.
From inauspicious beginnings as a center of Catholic learning for the community’s youth, Holy Angels has grown in a way that reflects the community itself. Extended day care was added to the school’s offerings in 1991. The kindergarten program was expanded in 1992, and a special needs department opened in 1995. Individual and group counseling services began in 1996 when an on-site counselor joined the staff.
The expansion of the extended day care program led to the addition of a special modular unit for the program in 1998, and the following year, ground was broken for a new science building, which was put into operation in the fall. More recently, the school established the Peace Garden, where students nurture plants grown from seeds, and learn more about the environment. In September 2011, the school received the gift of a science lab.
Accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association, Holy Angels Elementary is now staffed and administered by the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary.