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Camp KEEP hoping to boost attendance

Attendance at a coastal environmental education camp run by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office is falling as public schools grapple with tight budgets.

Supporters of the Kern Environmental Education Program, better known as Camp KEEP, say they hope that will turn around this year because of the passage of Proposition 30, a sales and income tax initiative that generates money for local school districts.

In the "Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.)" meantime, schools are playing it safe by pushing existing fundraisers and adding new ones. A new group in Weedpatch, for instance, is raising money online to send underprivileged Sunset Middle School students to camp.

Teacher Cialis 10mg Kala Bogursky helped found Kids Going Places to fill in the gaps after Sunset cut spending on field trips and camp.

wanted to bring back experiential learning, Bogursky said. the things we all grew Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.) up with like camp and field trips just aren available to so many of our students anymore.

Young people at Camp KEEP learn about wildlife, conservation and the environment by interacting with nature on the Central Coast.

In Kern County, it a rite of passage to sell candy bars to raise money for Camp KEEP. Just about anyone who lives Generic Viagra Side Effects in the region has either sold them him or herself or been pitched by a child wielding a box of chocolates.

It costs $237 per student to attend Camp KEEP, a five day program in two locations: KEEP Ocean at Monta de Oro State Park and KEEP Cambria Pines in Cambria.

KCSOS covers the $1.8 million a year annual operating cost of the program, but parents pay the $237 fee assuming their child doesn sell enough chocolate to Kamagra 100 wipe that out.

really tried hard not to raise that price over the years to keep it affordable, said KCSOS spokesman Rob Meszaros.

But to the poorest families, $237 may as well be a million, said Bogursky.

the heck are they going to sell chocolate to? she said. their friends and relatives all live in the same poor neighborhood.

Schools can apply for foundation campership funds, which are awarded in the spring of each year for the following school year. Need is determined by the percentage of students in a school free and reduced lunch program.

Some high poverty districts also do their own separate fundraisers to supplement foundation funds.

The $237 camp fee for parents doesn include transportation to and from camp, which is the responsibility of schools still reeling from several consecutive years of budget cuts and deferred payments from the state. It also falls to schools to recruit chaperones, usually parents. Those adults generally pay Cheap Cialis Uk to go to camp, too, but with high unemployment in Kern County, a lot of them can afford to go, either.

That made camp a luxury beyond reach in some sectors.

At one time, Camp KEEP served about 7,000 fifth and sixth graders a year, but last year the program drew 5,298 students.

did see a dip in attendance when things were so tough a few years ago, but we hoping with camperships and the great work of the foundation, that more of our kids will be able to benefit from the camp experience, said Desiree Von Flue, assistant superintendent of educational services for KCSOS.

That would be the Camp KEEP Foundation, which raises money to support the camp and low income school districts that otherwise might not be able to send students. Generic Levitra This year for the first time it will be selling Camp KEEP alumni T shirts.

The foundation has awarded $22,000 in camperships this school year. The amount has hovered around that number for the last seven years, the lowest being $18,000 in 2007 and the highest $22,887 in 2010

On Dec. 12, Sparkling Image Car Wash presented the foundation with a $9,000 check, proceeds from setting aside a portion of sales in September.

a great, local cause, and it benefits education, said Pete Nani, director of operations at Sparkling Image.

A half dozen or so Stockdale Elementary School sixth graders who will be going to camp this year attended a formal check presentation, beaming over an oversized mock check.

Stockdale teacher Kathy Jackson, who has been taking students to Camp KEEP for years, said it more than just fun.

There hard data that the science test scores of Camp KEEP Bestellen Cialis alumni are about 25 percent higher than those of students who didn go to camp, she said.

science standards include knowledge of the environment, Jackson said.

Chloe Mauldin, 11, says she been dreaming of going to Camp KEEP since kindergarten.

grew up hearing all my cousins talk about how fun and different it is and how they loved learning about the ocean, she said.





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