The cost of the "Wild Images I" week-long summer science camp for four students is $472, including <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
On a recent Saturday, as a special treat I took four of my second graders hiking in a park in San Jose, California near our school, Cureton Elementary. Together we explored some of the park's 13 miles of trails, plants, and wildlife. As a first-year teacher in a low-income school district, I am so pleased to take my students on field trips where they get to immerse themselves in nature and science. This summer, I am hoping to provide all of my students with the opportunity to attend a week-long science camp to become “Summer Scientists". Over the summer, Alum Rock Park offers week-long camps for students. Each camp provides a unique focus for different interests and skill building. My students would learn about science, nature, leadership, and friendship at this camp. Therefore, I am requesting funding for tuition for five groups of four students each. Each group is specific to the individual students, their strengths and their areas of interest. This proposal highlights the "Wild Images I" group. I have four students who would love to participate in "Wild Images I" in June. These students will experience the "call of the wild" from an artist's perspective. Students will combine self-expression and science. While at camp, they will explore animals, plants, the creek and other things in nature by using a wide variety of art forms including drawing, painting, photography, animation, music, stories, textiles and sculpture. They will also be able to discover the science principles behind the art techniques. I have contacted the camp directors to make sure the proposal is viable. They know my school district and understand that most of my students' families cannot afford summer camp for their children. They have reduced the per student cost for my students. Despite the fact that many of my students qualify for free and reduced lunch, the families of participating students will be contributing toward the fee, as well. I am requesting the remaining funds to make this opportunity possible for each student. I know the students will benefit greatly from this hands-on science experience. The camp experience will spark their minds, introduce them to new ideas, and inspire in my students a greater appreciation for learning. More information on the camp is available at www.ysi-ca.org
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($360 for tuition for four students to attend summer camp at Alum Rock park. Each student tuition is $100. Students will contribute $10.)
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