Support Our School

To keep our school running smoothly and safely, we rely on a variety of volunteer help. Whether it’s assisting in the lunchroom, the classroom, or at special events, we have plenty of opportunities for families to be involved.

Many, but not all, of our volunteer activities involve the completion of a background check, required by the Diocese of Harrisburg and the state of Pennsylvania. The clearance process can take up to a few weeks. Clearances are good for five years. The process is in place to ensure that all adults who may spend any time alone with our children have the proper clearances for the safety of everyone involved.

Click here for Volunteer Clearances Instructions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Classroom Helpers

A variety of opportunities are available for those who have their clearances and wish to help in the classroom. Some of the younger grades seek the help of parents for “Centers” or in chaperoning class field trips. Sometimes the teachers will request help with a special class party or event.

In some cases, teachers or the office will put out a special call for helpers. If you have a special skill or talent you’re looking to share, please contact your child’s teacher or the office and we will see how we might best use your service.

Uniform Closet

SPS has a uniform closet which serves families year-round by offering gently used uniforms to families. We accept clean gently used uniforms all year-round as well. From time to time the closet needs a reorganization due to the many exchanges that take place!


Our librarian sometimes requests help in the library and the biannual book fairs that we host.

Special Events

Throughout the year, PATS and the school seek volunteers to help staff some of our larger events. These include our annual Spirit Day/Fun Run, teacher appreciation events (where the teachers are given some time away from the classroom while volunteers staff them), and monthly Teacher Appreciation Lunches.

Playground Fundraisers

We are moving and redesigning the school playground, including offering a number of sponsorship opportunities. Click here to view those options.

Additionally, each May, we bless and install commemorative bricks in the playground area. These bricks can honor loved ones, students or your own family. The funds from these bricks go toward maintaining and improving our school playground area. Bricks are available to purchase year-round. A brick blessing ceremony is held on a Friday in May, determined closer to the event. Click here for the most recent brick order form.



Finnegan's Fun Run

Finnegan’s Fun Run is back for its 5th year! The Finnegan Fun Run not only brings a ton of colorful happiness to the students, but it also raises funds to support our school. This year’s goal is to raise $35,000 to support the STEAM Wing Project.

Click here to learn how you can partner with SPS to meet this year’s goal.


Emerald Earnings
Emerald Earnings is a scrip program sponsored by Saint Patrick School. Families purchase gift cards at face value and the school earns a rebate on all gift cards purchased. The school then shares the rebates (varying by retailer, from 3 percent to 20 percent) with participating families in the form of tuition credit.

You can purchase grocery, gas and gift cards daily from our inventory by sending a Daily Order form and check (made out to Emerald Earnings) to school with your child. Gift cards from our inventory will be sent home the same day with your child. For all gift cards not available on the Daily Order form, a large group order is placed each Tuesday to ShopWithScrip. Send in the Weekly Order form and check (made out to Emerald Earnings) by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and your cards will be sent home with your child on Friday. You can also purchase gift cards online at

You can also purchase e-cards online at or via the new mobile app, RaiseRight Fundraising, which you can set up to link to your account and purchase cards while you are on the go!

Fill out and sign the EE Program Agreement Form and turn it in to the school office with your first order. You can contact Dorine Haberman ( with questions.

Click here for additional program information and Emerald Earnings Forms.

Golf Outing

Saint Patrick School hosts an annual golf outing on a Friday afternoon in September. The tournament is played at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course in a scramble format.

This year’s outing is TBD. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. and we shotgun at 1 p.m.

We welcome golfers, hole sponsors, and other business donations. For more information, contact our Development Director at

EITC (Tax Incentive Program)

In 2001, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which allows businesses to direct funds that would otherwise go to taxes toward a non-profit scholarship organization.

Not only does participation in the EITC program increase a student’s chance to receive the education of their choice, but also it results in a tax credit for the business and the money stays right in our community.

Although standard charitable donations reduce your amount of taxable income, tax credits reduce your actual tax bill, dollar-for-dollar.

Saint Patrick School has partnered with RedefinED Advisors to help raise funding through the EITC Program. Their EITC
experts will help our interested families direct their tax dollars to us. You can reach out directly to RedefinED at 814-475-1099 or email at

For more information on how your or your business could benefit from the EITC program, you may also contact Development Director Lisa Maddux at


Annual Fund
Saint Patrick School’s Annual Fund supports the school’s operating budget. Contributions are primarily received from school and parish families. The fund raises about $75,000 each year for educational tools and resources for students and teachers. For more information about contributing to the Annual Fund, please contact Development Director Lisa Maddux at

Donate to the Annual Fund

2020-2021 SPS Annual Fund Report