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 Target Stores Provide $50,000 for Underprivileged Students To Attend 6th Grade Camp at Historic Camp Cuyamaca

​Target Stores has continued its support of the San Diego County Office of Education’s Outdoor Education program with a $50,000 grant to enable underprivileged students to attend 6th Grade Camp at the historic Camp Cuyamaca Outdoor School.

“Target proudly supports programs that foster an appreciation for learning in the classroom and beyond,” said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. “By partnering with organizations like the Cuyamaca Outdoor School and San Diego County Office of Education, which offer an innovative approach to learning, we hope to encourage a continued love of education in young minds across the country.”

The Outdoor School at Camp Cuyamaca was the first of its kind in California, and has now operated for 65 years. The Outdoor School recently underwent an $8 million expansion and upgrade, enabling the mountain retreat to host more students, in modern dorms and facilities.

Target’s financial support will provide “camperships” that enable underprivileged children to attend Outdoor School. As school budgets have tightened in recent years, more and more schools and school districts have turned to parents to help defray the cost of taking part in Outdoor School. While the Outdoor School has continued to attract near-capacity participation, the demographic of those participating students have shifted to more affluent groups. Target’s support helps ensure that needy children have a chance to experience Outdoor School.

The Outdoor School at Camp Cuyamaca combines standards-aligned, hands-on science lessons with astronomy---experienced under the star-lit night sky---physical activity, environmental awareness, and old-fashioned camping activities like night-time campfires and sing-alongs.

For more information on the Outdoor School program at Camp Cuyamaca, contact the County Office of Education Outdoor Education office at (858) 292-3696.