More than 130 students the Mountain Empire Unified and Chula Vista
Elementary School Districts were able to attend sixth grade camp at the
historic Cuyamaca Outdoor School recently, courtesy of grants from
Bridgepoint Education and Target Stores.
Bridgepoint donated $10,000 to enable 70 students from Campo, Clover
Flat, Descanso and Potrero Elementary Schools to take part in the
week-long outdoor education program. Target’s sponsorship of 65 students
from Harborside Elementary was part of an overall contribution of
$50,000. It was the second consecutive year that both companies have
sponsored students’ outdoor education experience.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have companies like Bridgepoint and Target
as our partners,” said County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward.
“Their support of Outdoor Education has meant that children will have
lifetime memories of the outdoors, which they wouldn’t have had
otherwise. Outdoor School provides learning opportunities for children
that can’t be duplicated in a regular classroom, so this support from
Bridgepoint and Target is significant.”
The County Office of Education’s Outdoor Education Program has been
operated by the San Diego County Office of Education since 1946, and was
the first such program in the state.
The outdoor school at Cuyamaca, known to generations as Sixth Grade
Camp, has been recognized for offering one of the finest outdoor
education programs in the state. Environmental studies, astronomy and
physical fitness are all part of the offerings, in addition to a variety
of hands-on science activities.
Said Campo Elementary School Teacher Geri Bullock, "This is the best
real life learning experience that we could provide our students."