13th annual student camping trip with San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten

LAKESIDE (KUSI) – Third-graders from Central Elementary School in City Heights once again experienced traditional camping rituals (sleeping in tents, eating s’mores, sharing stories and singing songs around the campfire) when went out on the school’s annual camping trip to Louis A. Stelzer County Park on July 1, 2, and 3.

This is the 13th annual trip supported by The Jarrett Meeker Foundation, and is the first time many of these inner-city students have been camping.

In addition to experiencing the fun of camping, students will be exposed to a standards-based learning experience that includes Kumeyaay history, storytelling, artifacts and games; birds of prey presentation and owl pellet dissections; and native plant and wildlife education. San Diego Unified Superintendent and former Central Elementary principal, Cindy Marten, will continue her tradition of joining the students on the trip the morning of July 2.

“The children from Central Elementary live in the middle of the city with very little opportunity to experience the outdoors,” Marten said. “The camping trip helps connect students to the wonders of wildlife, fosters the desire to be good stewards of the environment and gets them outside, unplugged.”

The campers will spend the evening toasting marshmallows, telling stories, singing camp songs, gazing at the stars through telescopes, and settling into tents when it’s time for lights out. Campers will awaken the next morning to the smell of hot pancakes.

The Jarrett Meeker Foundation is a local non-profit organization that provides programs related to wildlife, conservation and the environment for children and young adults in San Diego County. The foundation was established in 1987 in memory of 8-year-old Jarrett Meeker after his accidental death. Jarrett’s family was inspired by his love of nature. The foundation and the work that it does is Jarrett’s gift—his legacy – and keeps his memory alive. Since 1987, JMF has provided once-in-a-lifetime educational experiences to more than 100,000 children representing over 50 schools throughout San Diego County.

Learn about the Jarrett Meeker Foundation at www.TheJMF.org

KUSI’s Allie Wagner was in Lakeside getting an inside look at the student’s participants.

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