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Golfers Brave Rain to Raise Money for Coleman Elementary School

More than 50 golfers signed up for the benefit that helps raise money for Coleman's library and other school programs.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A group of golfers in St. Joseph braved the rain Monday morning to raise money for Coleman Elementary School.

For one golfer,  the tournament was extra special. 

"I have a tie to the school district. I taught in the 70s. My wife just retired from Coleman," said Bob Den Ouden.

Den Ouden is one of about 60 others who showed up for the tournament.

Principal Mike Otto says hopefully the big turnout will land the school some extra cash.

"We've added to the library this year, that was an area that got hit pretty hard on funding," he said. "A portion goes to library. A lot of it goes to before and after school programs with reading and mathematics."

Recent budget cuts announced by the St. Joseph School District make a fundraiser like this even more important for the school.

"We need additional funding. In a time when the State of Missouri has cut some funding and the district has to tighten things up, we have found that this fundraiser that is going to raise between 5 and 7 thousand dollars comes in handy," Otto added.

Otto says he's grateful for every partnership in the community.

"What's great is you get the teachers to volunteer and the businesses who support our youth. Their commitment to Coleman is unbelievable. Commitment to the community says a lot about St. Joe businesses," he said.

More than 50 business sponsors pitched in to help make the tournament possible, and Otto says half of his staff showed up to volunteer.
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