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'Oktoberfest' unites parish and school at St. Anthony


I

t's a

fall

event that brings the
parish community of St. Anthony Padua and the school together to raise money for school essentials.


I

t's
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."


O

ktoberfest
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.



"

O

ur children at the school are actually required to sell the tickets for the fundraiser.

" Meneses said.



"S

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.



"

I

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."


T

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.



"

T

he class that sells the most tickets

too

, well the top three classes will
get a movie day," she said


M

oney raised from
the event will go toward buying books, technology and gym equipment for students.

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