Fundraiser for Oshki Ogimaag supports community school

How would you like to help a fledgling charter school meet its expenses in a challenging funding environment and get a chance to win a very big prize at the same time?  With the help of the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, Oshki Ogimaag Community School is launching its first big fundraiser, a raffle with a $10,000 grand prize.
Second prize is a two-night stay in a three-bedroom cabin at Hollow Rock Resort in Grand Portage along with dinner and breakfast for two, valued at over $550.  Third prize is a $200 gift certificate to North Shore Dairy.
Tickets will each cost $10 and only 2,000 will be sold.  They will be sold at numerous locations and events throughout Cook County starting with the Elder’s Powwow at Grand Portage Community Center on May 12.  Oshki Ogimaag students will be on hand at these events, providing opportunities for people to meet the students who will benefit from the sale.
The school will use the revenue from ticket sales for general operating expenses. 
“What we get from the state doesn’t quite meet the needs,” said Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Director of Education Haley Brickner at a May 1 media kickoff at the school. 
With state budget cuts and funding delays, staying afloat financially is challenging for Minnesota schools.  “This is a fun way to raise money for the school,” she said.
More information on where to get tickets can be obtained by calling the school at (218) 475-2011.  The prize drawing will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 at Oshki Ogimaag.