EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- During the 2016-17 school year, 369 students in the Eau Claire Area School District found themselves in a homeless situation.
Community members gathered at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire on Monday to support the Homeless Program. The rainy weather did not deter nearly 100 golfers from coming out for the fundraiser.
In the 11 years that the Eau Claire Area School District has been assisting families, they've crossed paths with 21-hundred students in a poverty situation.
ECASD Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck says the Border Battle fundraiser in an opportunity to raise awareness and help those families in need.
Hardebeck says, "For most of our families, it's a one time crisis episode in their family life. And the support that they get here helps navigate through that transition and get through that crisis."
The goal of the Homeless Program is to provide uninterrupted education while students are experiencing homelessness, and connects families to the necessary community resources.
Border Battle organizer Jerry Shay says, "Some of the homeless students moving around a lot we have a lot of transportation costs that incur up to around 50-thousand dollars a year, so most of this money pays for those transportation costs."
Eau Claire School District board member Kathryn Duax adds, "People found out that there a lot of homeless people, homeless kids. We want those kids to stay in the same schools with the same friends, they then have more of a chance to succeed."
This year's Border Battle Golf scramble was expected to raise $35,000 to help homeless students.
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