School of Dreams Academy Foundation holding fundraiser for school

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The crisp night air and autumn leaves herald hunting season for those who enjoy hiking the mountains to hunt their favorite game.

But hunters might not be able to hunt in the national parks due to the government shutdown. Fortunately for them, the School of Dreams Education Foundation is offering an opportunity to win a hunting trip on a private ranch in southwest New Mexico.

The ranch is an idyllic hunting paradise on about 9,600 acres of mountain and valley land, thick with mule deer, and a 60 percent annual harvest rate.

"It's a great opportunity for people who love hunting," said Mike Ogas, SODA principal. "We're going to have at least two winners, and we're contemplating having possibly a third winner. Each winner will draw two deer hunts — two deer tags."

The lucky hunters will be provided with all meals during their stay at the two-story lodge. It is equipped with a fireplace, full kitchen, 10 bedrooms and bathrooms, Ogas said.

"I think it's a great deal, because each one of those hunts is valued at around $5,000," Ogas said. "You have to buy your own deer license, obviously, because the state still requires a deer license … but it includes the room and the board for five days and nights."

Transportation on the ranch will be provided, but guests are also welcome to bring their own four-wheelers.

The goal of the fundraiser is to sell 300 tickets and, if it goes well, Ogas said it might become their annual fundraiser.

"We'll just build on it from this year to the next," he said.

The nonprofit School of Dreams Education Foundation raises money to support the school budget for student travel to art and science field trips, pre-engineering robotics competitions, trips to see performances at Popejoy, band festivals and meals while students are out on an expedition.

The money will also be used to buy more equipment such as musical instruments for the school band.

The purpose of the fundraiser is to provide students with the necessary materials and equipment they need for the projects they are involved in.

"With the kids getting more and more, not only state but national recognition (for robotics projects and dance performances), they're being asked or invited to go out-of-state a lot more," Ogas said.

"We're doing more things with ecology in the bosque and the Whitfield project," Ogas said. "… some of the kids are going to be out there at one of the senior living centers doing (community service)."

The Rifle Deer Hunt drawing will be Tuesday, Oct. 15, and raffle tickets are $100 each. The hunting trip is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, through Wednesday, Nov. 13. To purchase a raffle ticket, go to the School of Dreams Academy website at sodacharter.net, or call the school at 866-7632.


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