Fishing tournament benefits Nazareth Academy

The Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council #9088 on Aug. 5-6 hosted the ninth annual Readin, Ritin, Reelin fishing tournament in Port O'Connor, with all proceeds benefiting Nazareth Academy Catholic School.

The Catholic service organization adopted Nazareth Academy for help, which is operated by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. Nazareth offers a Catholic education for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

On Aug. 5, teams competing in the tournament registered, followed by a barbecue dinner and live auction. Forty five teams competed.

On Aug. 6, fishing began at 5 a.m., and the official weigh-in of fish was between 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Many of the teams donated their fish to the fish fry Saturday evening.

Following the fish fry, prizes were awarded to the winners of the tournament.

The Knights of Columbus say they have raised more than $300,000 for Nazareth Academy over the past nine years.

The funding has been directed toward a variety of purposes, like creating and maintaining the computer lab in the school, the purchase of SMART boards for every first- through eighth-grade classroom, an electronic security system with key fob doors and security cameras to keep our children safe, a new fire alarm system, RenWeb online database for parents to remain informed of their children's grades and schedules, as well as an air conditioned bus.