On Saturday, Sept. 30, St. Patrick’s School hosted their annual Light up the Knight fundraiser at the Perry High School track. The family-night fundraiser allows those within the community to come together all while creating funds for the school’s additional programs and activities.


“I thought it went well,” said Eddie Diaz, Principal of St. Patrick’s School. “We had tons of stuff go on, we had the pj night theme, we had carnival games, inflatables, and we have $5 all you can eat pancakes, we had music.”


This year, attendees got the opportunity to preview a STEM program called “ramps and pathways” at the event. The program involves using wooden blocks to build ramps and pathways.


“Little kids always have fun with this but even parents were getting into it,” Diaz said.


In previous years, lanterns were lit at the end of the evening in celebration, but this year’s fundraiser was unable to complete the tradition due to inclement weather.


“I really love to see the work beforehand because it’s amazing what parents do for their kids and we have a core group of volunteers,” Diaz said. “It’s a lot of work, but the day of I like to see the interaction between families.”


“One of the biggest factors of our building why people love it is because of that family feel and it’s built at these types of things.”


According to Diaz, total funds have not been accounted for to determine an exact number raised, but the school pushed to reach last year’s total which amounted to $11,700 dollars.


“It actually goes to our home and school so basically our PTO, but it ultimately goes back to us,” Diaz said. “We use that money for field trips, classroom supplies, and the enrichment clubs - any of the extra stuff we get to do is because of fundraisers like this.”