THE BRONX - Students and parents fought against the closing of Saint Ignatius Middle School on Sunday.

They sold baked goods and pins to help raise the $1.3 million needed to keep the Hunts Point school from closing. The participants didn't know how much money was needed until 10 days before their deadline.

Most of Saint Ignatius' money comes from outside donators because it is tuition-free, but parents say they couldn't afford a Catholic education without the funding. The school has until May 3 to raise the money needed to stay open and will be forced to shut its doors in June if it does not.