event that brings the
parish community of St. Anthony Padua and the school together to raise money for school essentials.
St. Anthony's largest fundraiser of the year, but before it turned into what we now call 'Oktoberfest', both the parish and school committees saw a need in their school for financial assistance.
Principal, Melissa Meneses, said "The school was in need of additional funding for core curriculum which can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 a year and the school really just doesn't have those funds because we are so small and we're rural."
is going 30 years strong and with the event growing in popularity, and activities being added each year, the school's own students are now helping.
ur children at the school are actually required to sell the tickets for the fundraiser.
" Meneses said.
o they've actually sold about
3,000 tickets today, so we may see up to 3,000 people come through."
A fairly new addition to the annual event is a silent and live auction. The school receives items from community members and local businesses, and the funds go directly to the school.
Organizers say the event is much bigger than a hot meal and an auction; t
he school is focused on getting its students involved and excited.
t gives them a sense of entitlement of ownership and to where they really feel apart of it.
" Pastor Michael Colwell said. "I
t's just a big family event in many ways to teach them responsibility
not to just receive but to give
and to work for what they receive."
here's even a small incentive for each class at
St. Anthony. Sixth-grader Natalie McDaniel said each class had to make a gift basket for the auction.
he class that sells the most tickets
, well the top three classes will
get a movie day," she said
oney raised from
the event will go toward buying books, technology and gym equipment for students.