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Nikolai 4th Grade Trip

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Hello from Nikolai, Alaska!  Top of the Kuskokwim School is a very small school in rural Alaska.  We only have 14 students in preschool through 10th grade.  The entire community consists of about 80 people.  Life in Nikolai is very different than life in many other places, especially those not in rural Alaska.  Students and their families rely heavily on subsistence hunting and fishing (moose, birds, salmon) to keep their families fed.  Food and living expenses are very expensive.  There are very few jobs within the community to support those who live here but everyone helps their neighbors and makes sure that children and elders have what they need to get by.
We are planning to join other schools from our district on a weeklong 4th grade field trip to Anchorage at the end of April.  This trip is going to be a unique experience for our 4th graders, who rarely get to leave the village and experience life outside the village.  We plan to take our students to the Zoo, the Conservation Center, the Iditarod Headquarters, a dog kennel, the Seward Sea Life Center, a trampoline park, and a museum.  Students will also learn how to order in restaurants and pay for their own meals, as well as how to make small purchases in stores.  
Coming from such a small community, we need a lot of help with making this happen for our students.  Each student needs to have approximately $900 for trip expenses and another $500 for travel expenses.  That is $1400 per student.  With five 4th grades, our total needed to make this trip happen is approximately $7000.  We have been fundraising throughout the year but there is only so much available money within our community that can be spared for extras such as a school trip.  The money raised through GoFundMe will help with travel expenses, hotels, food, and admission prices to the various activities planned throughout the trip.  Any funds beyond what are needed will be used to enhance the trip for our students by helping them purchase souvenirs and possibly adding a few more activities to the trip.

Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciated by our students, families, and teachers.  Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Tara Wiggins, Principal Teacher
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I am absolutely amazed at the generosity shown to our students by all of your amazing donations and words of support. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping make our trip possible. The donations for our trip, in less than 24 hours, have far surpassed what we thought would happen when we set up our account and we now have more than enough money to make this an amazing trip for our students. As such, I have disabled the donation portion of our account. We do not want to take advantage of the generosity of such an amazing group of people.
We plan to share updates and photos of our trip when we go to Anchorage and Seward at the end of April so that any of our interested donors are able to see what their generosity made possible.
Again, thank you all so very much for helping us make this trip possible for our students. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me right away or leave a comment on the gofundme account and I will answer as quickly as I can.
To #uglydogs, you are all amazing people!!! If you ever end up visiting Alaska, you will always be welcome in Nikolai.

Sincerely,
Tara Wiggins
Principal Teacher, Top of the Kuskokwim School
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$7,107 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 281 people in 4 months
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