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By Caitlin Mota | The Jersey Journal
BAYONNE - Less than two weeks remain for a decision to be made about the fate of Marist High School, and several last minute fundraisers are on tap to try to keep the beloved school open.
Officials announced in March the Kennedy Boulevard school would close its doors at the end of this school year if $1.5 million couldn't be raised to help shrink Marist's deficit. If the fundraising goal is met, the money is expected to secure at least three more academic years for the school.
Earlier this week, Marist's head of school, Alice Miesnik, said students, staff, and parents have been working tirelessly to raise enough money to keep the school open. Fundraising efforts have been ramped up and geared toward getting more alumni to donate.
Students at other local Catholic schools and all seven of high schools around the nation operated by the Marist Brothers had a dress down day on Tuesday to benefit the Save Marist campaign. A 12-hour dance-a-thon was held on Wednesday to raise money for the school.
As deadline approaches, Marist High School ups fundraising efforts
The Kennedy Boulevard school, which opened 62 years ago, announced last month it needed to raise big money by the end of April to avoid closing.
A car wash is scheduled at the school on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each was is $10.
On Monday and Tuesday, Jersey City archery will donate proceeds during its open shoot times to the campaign. The event is $25 and session times are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.
A concert will be held at the school on April 21. Tickets for the 21 and over event are $50.
The Marist Parents Association is hosting its annual fundraiser on April 22, with all proceeds going to the school's campaign to stay open. The event was originally scheduled to be a casino night, but last minute changed to a tricky tray to raise more money. Tickets for the event are $35.