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Brandon Valley fundraiser to help Ghana exchange student live 'the American dream'

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Many high school seniors have their eye on graduation and then college this time of year.

But for some, the dream of getting a college education may be just out of reach.

KSFY News met an exchange student in Brandon who shares that dream.

He's an African exchange student from Ghana, who has dreamed of getting an American college education.

But getting a that education can be financially challenging so his community is helping turn his dream into a reality.

Exchange student Kofi Gunu may be from Ghana, but he will soon live an American dream.

"It feels like a dream come true. Wanting to get an opportunity to get an American college education and finally being able to achieve it is... that's a great dream come true for me," Gunu said.

Whether is was coffee for Kofi, a silent auction or a cash donation, dozens came to support his dream.

"It's a very humbling experience. a very humbling feeling, realizing that after spending less than nine months with these people, they can come out and support you this much," Gunu said.

And while Kofi came here to get an American education, his host mother Penny Bennett realized there's a lot we take for granted.

"I've learned that we are very blessed. We take advantage of many of the opportunities we have.  The food we eat, how we get around," Bennett said.

She's grateful for this exchange student experience.

"I'm glad that it's not over. Originally, it was a one year commitment but Kofi will be home with us on breaks. He's going to be a part of our family for...probably ever," Bennett said.

And Kofi's grateful for this new found family of friends.

"I can only be thankful to everyone who's here today and really appreciate what they are helping me achieve," Gunu said.

The hope was to collect $10,000 dollars to pay for Kofi's first year in school.

With a little more than $8,000 dollars raised, they came up just short of their goal.

Kofi plans to attend Augustana and major in economics with a minor in international affairs.

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