Save Outdoor School campaign kicks off in effort to get a funding measure on the 2016 statewide ballot
“Outdoor School has so many benefits for kids – from science education to outdoors appreciation. It opens their eyes to the natural world and provides opportunities to hands on learning and build leadership and social skills,” said Lori Meadows, Social Studies Teacher, Crook County Middle School in Prineville.
“Unfortunately, only about half of Oregon’s students get to experience Outdoor School, and even those programs have been scaled down significantly. We want to change that and ensure all students statewide are able to benefit from this essential educational opportunity.” If the campaign is successful, voters will get the opportunity to decide whether to dedicate full, permanent funding for Outdoor School, using $22 million per year of Oregon Lottery funds to support outdoor school programs and outdoor education throughout the state. If the measure passes, funding to qualified programs could be available as early as mid-2017.
For background and additional information, visit Outdoor School for All*
*Today's children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. (American Academy of Pediatrics) https://www.aap.org/enus/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives...