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Free and low-cost opportunities for educators and students

What’s Happening is a community service from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) to connect families, students, and educators with free and low-cost opportunities and resources, including educator grants and scholarships/contests for students. Helpful information is updated regularly on this page with highlights published at the start of each month as an e-newsletter.

Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter. Email if you have an opportunity to share with educators, students, and families in San Diego County.

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UC San Diego Baseball is celebrating Read Across America at their Youth Day game on March 2. Kids in grade 6 and younger get free tickets to that day's double header 1 p.m. match vs. Stephen F. Austin. Students simply fill out a reading log and turn it in on game day in exchange for a free ticket. 

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Get 50% off admission to more than 60 San Diego County museums, historic sites, gardens, zoos, aquariums, and more during San Diego Museum Month in February. 

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The David Labkovski Project Student Docent and Leadership Training Program offers a practical and impactful means for students in grades 8-12 to delve into Holocaust education and understand the repercussions of antisemitism. The next online training program runs February through May. It is entirely cost-free and students can earn community service hours.

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For its 2023-24 season, Classics 4 Kids presents professional orchestra concerts for elementary school students. These fieldtrip events taking place at the Balboa Theatre and the Joan B. Kroc Theatre are 50-minute interactive concerts designed for PreK–6. There are two spring programs to choose from with several performances for each. 

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The Chargers Champions grant program awards a total of $250,000 in grants to schools in San Diego County for physical fitness, nutrition, and athletic programs. Elementary, middle, and high schools can apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000. The application period ends March 18. 

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Cal-SOAP is hosting a series of Cash for College workshops across San Diego County to assist students and families with the FAFSA or CADAA. The workshops are a space for students and families to get help submitting financial aid applications and learn about financial aid resources.

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SeaWorld San Diego is offering free park admission to teachers through 2024. The Teacher Fun Card is available for all certified K-12 classroom teachers in Southern California and includes two free single-day tickets. The deadline to register and activate the card is May 31. 

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The SDCOE Ed Tech Accessibility Network provides a platform for understanding, embracing, and championing accessibility in all aspects of learning. Learn more through six online sessions from December to May. Let's work together to create a brighter, more inclusive future!

Resources from SDCOE News

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Families in Escondido can get used laptop and desktop computers loaded with educational software for as little as $100 at a drive-thru event organized by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and Computers 2 Kids.

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By creating classrooms that support civil discourse on current issues and events, students learn how to be engaged citizens now and in the future. SDCOE gathered resources to help educators teach about voting and elections. 

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The San Diego County Office of Education is focused on creating equitable access with consistently strong outcomes for all students, paying special attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations. This resource guide will provide information and resources to support the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

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During Black History Month, let's embrace the opportunity to engage and educate our students about the rich and diverse history of African Americans. To help celebrate the achievements, contributions, and resilience of black individuals who have helped shape our country, we have compiled resources for you to use in the classroom this month and all year round.

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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) are now requiring proof of eligibility for anyone applying for a reduced transit fare, including youth riders. Anyone with a temporary approval who has not yet verified their eligibility to MTS or NCTD will also need to at some point between January and June 30, 2024 in order to retain their reduced fare status.