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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 12:52 pm

Everyone seems to agree that the San Diego County Outdoor Education Camp, more colloquially referred to as Sixth Grade Camp, a week-long program held at Camp Cuyamaca for the past 70 years is a fun and worthwhile outing for students. In fact Coronado Middle School Principal Dr. Jay Marquand considers the camp as a life-altering experience, at least in part because he met his wife at this camp several years ago as a student.

The bad news is that like most programs, the cost to attend Sixth Grade Camp has increased over the years. Camp this year, which runs from October 26-30, will cost each student’s family $380. Marquand said, “For what you get out of it, camp is still a heck of a deal. We have certificated teachers and personnel from the County Office of Education. The lifetime memory alone is priceless. The fee includes registration, insurance, teachers, transportation and food. For a full week it’s a heck of a deal. We get more scholarship requests each year. We have a lot of military families where the Dad is out to sea and Mom is at home. More than half of our scholarship requests are from military families. In order to make the camp a reality for all students, we need the help of our community members.”

There is a heavy educational emphasis found in the curriculum of Sixth Grade Camp. Subjects taught at CMS including science, mathematics, physical education, the arts and more are reinforced. Every year the camp is one of the most popular features for CMS students according to Marquand.

Last year Which Wich Superior Sandwiches owners Dennis and Maggie Holland heard the Sixth Grade Camp was facing financial challenges and with three daughters of their own at or around camper age, they decided to lend their assistance. Their first fundraiser, which consisted of half of the income from a full day of operation at their Coronado store, netted $3,475 for CMS to help fund camp for kids who needed a scholarship. This year on Oct. 7, Which Wich and the Hollands repeated the fundraising event and although the net donation will be a little less than last year, they will still turn over approximately $2,750 to the school. That amount will pay for just over seven campers.

The Hollands operate 11 Which Wich locations on their own and oversee another 29 sites all together. Dennis Holland said, “We have been pretty busy and we have been trying to develop more stores in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego County.” A year ago when I interviewed Holland, he said that his operational goal is to visit each restaurant location, every month. Since the company is expanding, earlier this week I asked Holland if that management concept was still in place. Holland laughed and said, “Yes, but we have two more people now to help me do that.”

Marquand acknowledged the past financial assistance of the Optimist Club of Coronado, which funded eight scholarships last year. The Rotary Club of Coronado also funded some campers, but more assistance is still needed for 2015 and contributions are tax deductible. “You can write a check made payable to Coronado Middle School,” Marquand explained. “You can drop a check off here at school and you will get a receipt, and a thank you letter for tax purposes.”

There are just a few days remaining this week and next to insure that any CMS sixth grader who wants to attend Sixth Grade Camp can do so. Marquand added, “We appreciate our community partners in education who understand the value of programs like Sixth Grade Camp, which contribute to a priceless Coronado education.”

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