With the school year about to begin, Dreambuilders hosted their Third Annual Dreambuilders Golf Classic in order to raise funds for their students to attend a National Aboriginal Job Fair as well as for various other school projects. The alternative school houses sixty-one hundred students a year and faces unique challenges that the other catholic/public schools do not face. The most significant difference is that a high number of Dream-builders students attend the school after the funding deadline, making this golf tournament vital in terms of providing the extra funding necessary to make Dreambuilders programs successful, according to tournament organizer Charles Bellegarde.
The tournament was a texas scramble format and each four person team paid a $800 fee which will go a long way to helping out the students. Bellegarde drives home the importance of funding and the alternate school system and the programs they offer the youth like the Aboriginal Job Fair, saying, “Not everyone gets the chance to experience success in the regular school system, and after that where do they go, and what options do they have, so I think this is very important.” Bellegarde also said that despite the success and help that the golf tournament brings, more funding would be appreciated due to the fact that they deal with a high number of unaccounted for students when it comes to school funding. Bellegarde thought the tournament was a success despite there being many golf tournaments falling on the same day challenging each other for entrants.
Principal of Dream-builders, Kelly Maddin said the day is an exciting day for the school, and that it helps raise funding for the school and allows them to do various things and projects throughout the school year. Maddin also feels the Aboriginal Job Fair they attend yearly is important because it gives his students a chance to see life experiences and paths they wouldn’t normally see. The golf tournament serves as the major fundraiser for the school and everything else is funded through Christ The Teacher School Division, who are a major help according to Maddin.