Everyone was line dancing and flapping their wings while raising money with the help of The Friends of St. Anthony's Parent Council.
The Celebration of St. Patrick's Day was on Friday, March 15th, with a family school dance that raised $1,500 for initiatives that every student benefits from.
"It was our 3rd annual St. Patrick's Family School Dance. We had a great turn out," explained Vice Principal Joanne Ackerboom. "The parents are all committed to this. They're the ones organizing the whole thing. They do rope a few students into helping them with decorations and the elementary end always creates all the artwork for it, so we have a really nice display of artwork for the event."
The participation of the kids and their families are greatly appreciated and the rise of attendance keeps going up.
"They love the line dancing and the chicken dance, it's always a big favourite. It was a lot of fun. I think everybody enjoyed it. It's great to see the number of people growing every year. I'm hoping this will become a great annual tradition at our school." said Ackerboom.
Without the parents and students helping out, this event and money raised for the school would not be at all possible.
"The Friends of St. Anthony are the fundraising arm of our Parent Council. Our Parent Council has a budget where they are supporting initiatives in the school that every student benefits from," beamed Ackerboom. They've helped do the fundraising for our playground equipment. They're currently working on our track for around the field. They do the scholarships. They support the Kindergarten graduation. They put a new podium in our Chapel this year, so they do a lot of things around the school."
Parent Council is an asset to the St. Anthony's School and without them, the students would be missing out on a lot of things.