St. Patrick School Entering Final Hours of Fundraising Deadline

| June 6, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. – All schools, both public and private, in the current educational climate find themselves turning more and more to public fundraising to cover the costs of operation.

For one local private school, fundraising took on a whole new meaning as they were faced with the task of raising $140,000 to operate through 2018-2019 or close their doors. The ultimatum was delivered on May 24th and to make matters more complicated, St. Patrick School was given fourteen days to raise the funds.

Those fourteen days are set to expire on Wednesday, the 6th.

So St. Patrick officials and volunteers did what anyone passionate about a cause would do. They rolled up their sleeves and went to work.

They created a promotional video using students expressing the strengths of St. Patrick School that was viewed more than four-thousand times.

On May 24th the balance stood at $10,000.

Parents of St. Patrick students banded together and brainstormed ways that they could creatively raise the funds needed. While the discussions focused on raising the funds needed for 2018-2019, talks eventually turned to what needed to be done to keep St. Patrick School open for years to come.

On May 26th the balance increased to $42,940.

Past graduates of St. Patrick school were contacted in hopes of doing their part to keep the same opportunities that were provided to them, available for future generations.

On May 29th the number had risen to $45,190.

Current students raided their piggy banks, gave of their First Communion money, held a bake sale, and walked the streets passing out flyers.

As May came to an end and the halfway point of the campaign arrived, $81,310 had been raised.

Adult supporters of the school showed up for a casino and music night.

On June 2nd the total climbed to $92,000.

Anyone who needed a meal was encouraged to contribute by showing up for a chicken dinner and Chinese Auction.

On June 3rd the total made a substantial jump to $113,589.

At the time that this article was written the total stood at $138,485.

Teachers, parents, volunteers, and countless others have spent fourteen days pouring everything they have into keeping the doors to a school they feel so passionate about open for years to come. As of June 5 the school was $1,515 short with less than 24 hours to go in their campaign.

At this time, there is only one more question to be answered.

Which person reading this article is going to be the one to put St. Patrick School over the top?


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