Golf outing to benefit Hudson teachers working in Dominican Republic

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- Seasoned pros, weekend duffers and miniature course warriors are all invited to a June 28 benefit golf outing at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna. The outing, $125 per ticker for the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, will help fund living expenses for Dan and Danae LeMoine, formerly of Hudson, who work at the Doulos Discovery School, in the Dominican Republic. Dan leads the outdoor learning program and Danae was recently hired as the school director.

Doulos Discovery School is a pre-kindergarten to 12th grade Christian, college-preparatory, expeditionary learning, English-immersion school where at least 50 percent of the students enrolled come from low socioeconomic or at-risk backgrounds.

"More than half of Doulos Discovery School's students come from low-income backgrounds and are on need-based scholarships," according to Dan. "In order to keep tuition costs to a minimum for families and sponsors, all North American staff are asked to fundraise for support to work at Doulos. All donations from the outing are sent to the school and appropriated as needed."

Asking others for help can be "hard," according to Dan.

"But we've found that it can be really powerful to invite others into this adventure and legacy of service by supporting us and students financially," he added.

This is the second year for the benefit.

"We came to Jarabacoa on a short term service trip in April 2011 with our church community and got swept up in the story unfolding here," Dan said. "We had always talked about living and serving abroad someday, that day just came a lot sooner than we had expected."

The couple visited the facility in April 2011 and applied to work at the school.

In May, the couple were accepted and that set off a flurry of activity which included quitting their jobs in May, getting married in June and moving to the Dominican Republic in July, Dan said.

"We moved to this beautiful mountain town in the Dominican [Republic] about two years ago because the needs here were both great and immediate. We are honored to work at such an amazing school where we can love and impact others in a life-on-life kind of way," Dan said. "It's been one of the most difficult, humbling and growth-spurring experiences we've ever had -- leading wilderness expeditions with kids is a lot harder than it sounds."

Before moving, Danae worked for an educational non-profit group for two years teaching in inner city Phoenix, Arizona. She also spent a year as a recruiter for teachers to work in low-income communities.

"We were in a season of transition and had the opportunity to work at this amazing school that blends education and Christian discipleship with a unique model of hands-on, expeditionary learning," Dan added. "This allows us to take a holistic approach to education -- equipping our students academically, spiritually, and socially. Every day we're blessed to serve in a place were the need is both great and immediate."

The school helps to provide students in the Dominican Republic from low-income backgrounds with a" high quality education which helps empower students and families to break the negative cycle of poverty and ultimately become servant leaders in their community, country and world," Dan said.

After teaching in Arizona, Danae found something missing in her life, she said.

"I was educating my students academically, but due to constraints in the public school system, I felt unable to equip them in how to use their education to impact the world," Danae said. "Doulos Discovery School is committed to both educating and equipping our students to impact their country. Running a school in a developing country, however, brings with it very real limitations for staff and students, particularly in the financial realm."

According to Danae, the annual golf outing is a "fantastic way to raise the support we need to keep our school and its mission thriving."

Last year 140 golfers attended, allowing the couple to remain at the school for their second year.

"Last year was a blast with 140 golfers and guests attending for golf and the steak dinner and auction," Dan said. "It is an amazing opportunity to spread awareness, raise support and connect with people passionate about the vision of our school -- and golf, of course."

The $125 ticket price will include an 18-hole scramble, cart, gift bag with raffle ticket, lunch, steak dinner, silent auction and unlimited variety of liquid refreshments, including soft drinks, beer and water.

Dinner only tickets are available for $40 for those who don't golf but want to attend the dinner and auction.

To register visit www.golfdoulos.com.

For more on the school visit www.doulosdiscovery.org.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9435

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