Alaskan Villagers Prepare for Trip of A Lifetime

A school teacher in the Alaskan Bush encourages her k-12 students to dream BIG; planning a field trip to the lower 48. A film crew from Santa Barbara, California will document the historic journey. Please visit this site for frequent updates on their progress.

A Dream Come True

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Showing of the Alaska Dreams Documentary in Anchorage

Hello, everyone! Michael Warner, producer of Alaska Dreams, and also my husband, is traveling to Anchorage as I write this update. He is in Anchorage to be present for a showing of his documentary Alaska Dreams, to help raise money for the kids upcoming trip to Washington DC in May. Michael, left packed with camera bags, shooting equipment, and lots of letters from pen pals in Santa Barbara. He was very excited to once again step out in faith and allow God to use him and his gifts. Michael Warner is going to go to DC with the group and needs to raise $20,000. The Alaska Dreams documentary has been an incredible tool for letting people know about the original trip and beyond that, the need for Alaska native children, in general to be invited on such trips. It appears that connecting kids there with friends here can result in postive change long term! He can be reached at this email address:

Here is verbedum the letter Debi Rubera wrote Michael recently:

My dear, Mr Warner:

I cannot begin to tell you the impact your documentary, Alaska Dreams Travel Far, has had on our project, Alaska Dreams, and the lives it has impacted. Your film has become the corner stone of the current fundraising effort for the students at Gusty Michael School and the fundraising efforts for three schools’ travel the following year. Students who have never been exposed to city life stand little chance of making the adjustment when it comes to college, little chance of finding out what opportunities await one will-ing to try hard and venture beyond the restrictions of isolated village boundaries, little chance of hoping for a better future.

Alaska Dreams Travel Far has allowed funders to visualize where these students come from and the impact travel has on subsistence-level students, as well as some of the challenges that face anyone trying to raise money in a small Native Alaskan village. You and your crew caught the heart and soul of our project and tell the compelling story that helps those with funds understand the urgent need and incredible results.If it were not for this film, I would have stood no chance of getting my students out into the cities for a second year in a row. This critical need came as our student population dwindled below state mandated levels so that our school is in danger of closing next year. My letters for support were falling on deaf ears until I was able to get Alaska Dreams into funders’ hands. Now, our plight is being passed from one potential donor to another. Alaska Dreams continues to make dreams come true for students outside of the mainstream.

Very gratefully,

Debi Rubera

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