The school’s census had been dropping in recent years, and the resulting loss of tuition caused a financial crunch that made closure the only option, Reynolds said.
Enrollment this year is just 56 students, 10 down from 2011-12.
About a third of the funding for the $350,000 or so annual budget had come from fundraisers, including a Labor Day celebration also popular with the community.
Another aspect included at the May 4 fundraiser is a Balloon Burst. Helium-filled balloons will be for sale for $25 at the event, and each will contain a number starting with 25.
“They pop it (the balloon), and they get their number and an envelope with the same amount of money as the number they receive,” Mitchell said.
“So they are getting at least $25.”
Despite everything, Mitchell said, “we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the school.
“It’s the last year, so we want to make (the auction) a good one — “we’re trying to get people to come and support us.”
— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.
IF YOU GO
The 20th-annual Holy Name School Dinner and Auction takes place Saturday, May 4, at American Legion Post 504, McCrea Street, AuSable Forks.
The michigan dinner starts at 4 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens.
The auction begins at 6 p.m. and continues until everything is sold.
To donate auction items, including gently used furniture, gift cards or cash, or for more information, call the school at 647-8444.