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 Bridgepoint Education, Target Stores Send Mountain Empire, Chula Vista Kids to 6th Grade Outdoor School

​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."