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Electric car raffle benefits science camp effort

All of the proceeds from a drawing for this electric car purchased from Cabral Motors with the support of generous donors will help youngsters of the Manteca Unified School District attend SJCOE Ou...

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED January 27, 2010 2:46 a.m.
Many of the fourth- and fifth- grade students at McParland School were introduced Tuesday to the “quiet coyote.”

That’s the hand signal delivered from naturalists and teachers at science camp for youngsters to hush up on the noise.

Science camp is the former name of the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Outdoor Education Program. Since 1957, more than 360,000 elementary school students have attended the facility located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

It’s where they spend about a week exploring and learning about plants, animals and other living species in their natural habitats.

But there’s a price tag for the San Joaquin Outdoor School.
Jill Fritchen, who is the vice president of the SJCOE board, indicated that the cost per student is $260.

“It’s an excellent opportunity,” she said.

One way to help students pay their way to the outdoor school is via the electric car drawing. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased by MUSD youngsters.

The electric car was purchased from Cabral Motors thanks to the support of 15 sponsors, according to Fritchen.

“100 percent of the proceeds from the raffle will go towards sending students to the Outdoor School,” she added.

Each year, more than 4,000 fifth- and sixth- grade students attend the program that’s fully certified by the California Outdoor School Administrators.

They experience the outdoor from naturalists such as Fiona Maclane and Sarah Clayton. But they’re better known to students under the aliases of “Firefly” and “Peat Moss,” respectively.

Both had a chance to talk about the outdoor school to students at McParland during the morning assembly.

“We rarely get a chance to speak to students at the school sites,” said Clayton.

Maclane added that they talked about indigenous species such as the banana slugs. “We also sang the banana slug song,” she said.

The assembly served as the kick-off event for the Outdoor School drawing for the electric car. The winner of the vehicle will be announced at the upcoming Asparagus Festival.

Fifth-grade students at McParland are currently selling tickets for the drawing. They’re scheduled to attend the Outdoor School next month.

The fourth-grade students there still have another year of waiting but, in order to get a jump, will also sell tickets for the electric car with proceeds going toward their cause.

For more information, call any of the MUSD elementary school sites or Fritchen at (209) 337-5166.
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