Rallying behind Holy Angels Academy

May 6, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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May 6, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Nearly a week after Holy Angels Academy announced that it is closing, students and parents join alumni in efforts to help the nuns who founded the school.

Alumni who graduated years or even decades ago showed up at the fundraiser at Fat Bob's Restaurant in Allentown.

Jenna Craven says, "Holy Angels was the best four years of my life. It's just really sad that it's closing, and we're here to celebrate the school that we loved so much."

The alumni, students, teachers and parents say they are all broken-hearted. Holy Angels Academy is set to close at the end of the school year. The surprising announcement came on April 30th.

The alumni want to give back to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, who gave a million dollars from their retirement fund to try to save the school.

Emily Marciniak, who organized the fundraiser, says, "These women are our teachers. They have their lives devoted to being in the convent and praying for us."

Nearly 250 alumni, students and parents showed up at the fundraiser. They raised more than $6,200.

Many in the Holy Angels Academy family want to do whatever possible to keep it open.

Social media pages and a website have been set-up to form a grassroots movement for the school to continue.

In a separate meeting on Monday, parents met with school officials about its financial situation.

School officials planed on hitting a few bullet points, starting with declining enrollment. Eleven years ago, Holy Angels Academy had about 330 students. Next year, that number was expected to be less than 200.

Trustees also plan on discussing what it would take to keep the school open. Numerous parents have brought up this topic.