UPDATE! THIS PROJECT IS FULLY FUNDED! THANK YOU TO ALL DONORS!
From Mr. E:
Do you remember your first trip to science camp? Do you remember the sense of excitement and adventure that surround your learning? I do! And I'll never forget it. That's what we are trying to provide for our 5th Graders. Help us attend Exploring New Horizons at Camp Loma Mar during the coming school year. This is an all inclusive outdoor science camp nestled in the California coastal redwood forest. While at camp, our urban students will experience science in a brand new way unavailable to them in their own city.
They will be immersed in exciting opportunities to explore and investigate the flora and fauna of redwood and oak forests, tide pools, and coastal marshlands.
Students will be lead by Exploring New Horizons's fabulous staff of expert naturalists as well as local high school counselor volunteers. They will also have a chance to learn and collaborate with students from a neighboring elementary school as well. While at camp students are housed in rustic yet comfortable cabins and provided 3 delicious meals per day.
This experience provides students with an opportunity to learn in a way that is unavailable in their daily city life. It engages them in science education in a unique way that stimulates lifelong interest and develops a sense of environmental stewardship. Beyond that, it serves as a confidence builder as they develop independence from their families while learning to collaborate with science experts and students from other schools (many of which will become their middle school classmates in 6th grade).
My students are a community of 5th graders representing one of the most diverse schools in our large urban city. We have over 8 home languages represented as well as a variety of racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Our school community also draws in families from all socioeconomic levels. This creates a unique and beautifully colorful experience for all of our students.
Our students are hardworking and academically motivated, especially in Science and Reading.
They also love writing, dancing, gardening, creating art projects, playing Four Square and Kickball. Our 5th graders are curious and engaged learners who desire hands-on and adventurous learning experiences.