In the 2009-2010 academic year, Inside the Outdoors was able to give sponsorships to 48,000 low income students to attend environmental education field trips. These field trips give students an experience of a life time, something they would otherwise not get. The students and teachers are so grateful for the sponsorships given to them that there is no better way of hearing this than from them.
I thank you for the donation of the trip to Crystal Cove. The donation was very helpful for all children because some couldn’t pay the money that was needed for trips. I had so much fun going to Crystal Cove because I had never went to explore the Coastal Sage scrub and seeing all the sea creatures. I enjoyed doing everything at the field trip. I especially liked going on the scavenger hunt and seeing humpback whales. I learned so much on this field trip, I learned about the sea creatures and the plants that can heal bug bites and I learned what the sea creatures eat too. I thank you so much for this field trip, I will never forget it.
Mario (5th grade student)”
On behalf of my colleagues, students, and school community, I would like to take this time to express my gratitude. This year Melrose’s 4th grade students had some amazing experiences, and none of these experiences would have been possible without this funding. We were the recipients of a 3 field trip grant. First we had a traveling scientist come to our school and spend the entire day providing our students with hands-on, standards based learning! Next we were able to attend two amazing filed trips. We studied at Upper Newport Bay and Irvine Regional Park.
Our students are second language learners, 98%+ free lunch, and live in poverty everyday. These trips enabled our students to travel to places that they had never been before. Their horizons were broadened, their dreams brightened, and their spirits were elevated just knowing that someone cared enough about them to provide these trips. For this kindness, we can’t thank you enough.
Barbara Barboza – 4th grade team lead”
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