Half way to Yosemite!

$9,335 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 154 people in 11 months
We are eagerly seeking your help.  You may already be familiar with our school and the population of students that we serve here at Dover Academy for International Studies in Fairfield, CA.  We are a Title 1 school and over 75% of our students come from low income families.  Like many parts of our state and our country our students are surrounded with obstacles and challenges daily.  Many of our students have experienced loss, addiction, neglect, or abuse.  However, it’s truly inspiring to see their resilience in the face of hardship!  As their teacher, I constantly think about ways to keep students engaged in learning so that for the 6.5 hours that they spend here at school, they can see a brighter future for themselves and the possibilities that await them.  

We have planned to take a 3 day trip to connect with the natural wonders of Yosemite!  They will explore the landscape,  participate in field research projects, and learn about how their actions impact the community.  The students are overly excited to go and I am excited to see their curiosity reignited.  It’s an ambitious trip because of funding, we know.  But, you wouldn’t believe how hard our students have been working to fundraise the cost for our field trip.  Forty-two of our 7th and 8th graders here at Dover Academy have raised over $6,500 in chocolate, cookie dough, and walkathon sponsorships over the last 5 months.  

We still have another $7,000 to go to cover the cost of the trip and we need the help of members in our community.  Here’s the breakdown for 42 students and 7 adults to attend:

$10,045 for the tuition which includes meals and lodging for 3 days

$3,958 for the charter bus we have to use because it is an overnight trip

We are still planning to fundraise up until the date of our trip in May with a car wash and donations to Savers with our unused household items.  But, $7,000 is a lot to raise in a short period of time and we desperately need your support in any way possible.  

Our outlook from the very beginning of our fundraisers is that, even if we only get a $1 after asking, it’s still $1 more than we had yesterday.  

Would you consider donating any amount to help us achieve our mission?


We thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to complete the cost of our trip!
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Just an FYI. With the remainder of the funds, we will be supplementing necessary equipment that the students are unable to provide. The rest of the funds are in our school donation account and can go towards another teacher's field trip. Our grade level team and admin will meet to decide. THANKS AGAIN!
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The students are excited for the trip! Again, we'd like to thank all our donors. This is just an update about how the money was sent to our school. After GoFundMe took out their fees, I wrote a check to Dover Academy. This is the receipt from the secretary. We are going ALL THE WAY TO YOSEMITE thanks to you!
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Speechless. To every human who has Liked, Shared, reTweeted, and donated: This trip would not be happening without you. Thank you. Truly grateful and overwhelmed by the support.
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Whoa!!!!! Over $5,000 in just 2 days! Stunned. Overwhelmed. Grateful. Feeling totally and absolutely blessed.
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Melissa Severini
10 months ago

I am so excited for you and your class! My school Yosemite trip is a memory I still hold close to my heart. I hope the additional funds will keep your current and future classes well stocked with supplies- I know a lot of those tend to come out of teacher salaries!

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Andrew Hedges
10 months ago

So happy for you and your class, Kacie! What do you plan to do with the money raised beyond your goal? I can imagine a nice gesture would be for the class to donate the money so another class can do a similar trip. Can't wait to hear what the kids think of Yosemite!

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$9,335 of $7,000 goal

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Created March 16, 2017
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Melissa Severini
10 months ago

I am so excited for you and your class! My school Yosemite trip is a memory I still hold close to my heart. I hope the additional funds will keep your current and future classes well stocked with supplies- I know a lot of those tend to come out of teacher salaries!

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Andrew Hedges
10 months ago

So happy for you and your class, Kacie! What do you plan to do with the money raised beyond your goal? I can imagine a nice gesture would be for the class to donate the money so another class can do a similar trip. Can't wait to hear what the kids think of Yosemite!

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