Outdoor Education Raffle Raises $122,000

Funds raised will pay for hundreds to go to outdoor education programs like Science Camp

Communities in San Joaquin County raised nearly $122,000 to take students on an educational adventure. Funds raised will pay for hundreds of students to participate in outdoor-education programs, including Science Camp, a four-night excursion to the coastal redwoods offered by the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE).

All San Joaquin County schools were invited to participate in the raffle coordinated by the San Joaquin County Office of Education Educational Foundation (SJCOEEF).  All proceeds go directly to the school that sold the tickets for their Outdoor Education trip because of generous donations: Valley Oak Dental in Manteca sponsored the printing of 30,000 raffle tickets and the SJCOEEF donated $5,000 in prize money.

San Joaquin County Associate Superintendent of Student Programs and Services Troy Brown drew the three winning tickets:

  • First Place ($3,500): Isabel Serna. (Ticket sold by Lincoln Elementary School, Manteca Unified School District.)
  • Second Place ($1,000): Diana Fierro (Ticket sold by Woodward Elementary School, Manteca Unified School District.)
  • Third Place ($500): Abhinav Jaitly. (Ticket sold by Bethany Elementary School, Lammersville Unified School District.)

This year, 35 schools participated in the Outdoor Education raffle, selling 24,359 tickets.  The SJCOEEF has stepped up efforts to raise more money during the raffle in recent years. The total has risen from $40,000 in 2014 to $82,000 in 2015. The raffle raised $122,000 in 2016, $121,000 in 2017, a record-breaking $132,600 in 2018, and $122,000 last year. This year's total is $121,796.

Since 1957, more than 500,000 elementary students have participated in the SJCOE's Science Camp.  More than 4,000 fifth- and sixth-graders, and nearly 600 high school cabin leaders attend Outdoor Education each year, spending five days and four nights exploring and learning in nature.  For more information, visit Science Camp is operated by SJCOE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Programs, which also runs the Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center and other outdoor education and STEM programs.


Participating Schools:

Altamont Elementary, Aspire Langston Hughes Academy, August Knodt Elementary, Bethany Elementary, Colony Oak Elementary, El Dorado Elementary, Elmwood Elementary, French Camp Elementary, Golden West Elementary, Hansen Elementary,  Hoover Elementary, John F. Kennedy Elementary, Lammersville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, John Marshall Elementary, John McCandless STEM Charter,, Monte Vista Middle, Mossdale Elementary, Primary Years Academy, Pulliam Elementary, Rio Calaveras Elementary, Ripon Elementary, River Islands Technology Academy, San Joaquin Elementary, Sebastian Questa Elementary, Sequoia Elementary, Shasta Elementary,  STEAM Academy at River Islands, Taylor Leadership Academy , Venture Academy Family of Schools, Veritas Elementary, Walter Woodward Elementary, Weston Elementary, Victory Elementary, and Wicklund Elementary.

Posted: 4/30/2020