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Outward Bound Scholarship Fund

Organized by: Rebecca Jones

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Welcome Home Aaron!
July 21, 2016

Aaron completed his expedition yesterday. He hiked 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Caledonia State Park to Pine Grove, Pennsylvania doing See More

THE STORY:

I am back again raising money to send one student from the Barack Obama Green Charter High School on an Outward Bound Wilderness Education Course this summer. It is the mission of this charter school to inspire leaders for sustainable development with a focus on the environment, but kids in this underserved community have had few opportunities to access nature, and in many cases, little interest. My aim with this scholarship is to get them out there, to push them beyond their comfort zone, to give them a true appreciation for the things they are being taught they need to fight to protect.

Last summer we raised $2590 to send Aaron Sanchez, a kid who had never been camping before in his life, on a twelve-day environmental service and stewardship backpacking trip. He hiked 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail doing trail and park maintenance along the way. In West Philly, he worked on a community farm and painted boats. He said it was one of the hardest things he's ever done, but one day he's going to go back and hike the whole trail, from Georgia to Maine.

In his reflection essay, Aaron wrote, "I saw nature at its finest, experienced living in nature, and saw what it can offer. I appreciate nature even more than expected. I would like to show my friends what I saw during this course, and give them the same feeling I had when looking at a beautiful overlook, which is rare to find." 

I caught up with Aaron recently, and it seemed this sentiment has only deepened. He is a senior now, applying to colleges, and he wrote to say,

"I have applied to those colleges looking to study Environmental Studies, or Environmental Policy. As a backup major I have decided to study communication. Before Outward Bound I wanted to study Criminal Justice, and I even thought about applying to colleges undecided. Outward Bound influenced me to start caring about environment, and made me appreciate it more. I have started to influence others younger than me to follow in footsteps that are similar to mine." 

Thank you to all the donors who made Aaron's experience possible. Let's do it again!

 

This scholarship fund is in partnership with the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, a tax exempt organization offering students in an underserved community with low-performing district schools a college-preparatory education. If you would like your donation to be tax deductible, contact me about getting a tax-deductible receipt.

$3,845

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jack Fitz

    $100

  • Linda Jones

    $1,000

  • Phil Johnston

     

  • Wes Jones

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Evan Rudall & Lisa Stulberg

    $25

  • Elizabeth Cahill

    $50

  • Jane Graham Murphy

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Hillary Harvey

    $50

  • Jen Wroblewski & Dave Diomedi

     

  • Patrick j Wroblewski

     

  • The Birmingham Luthers

     

  • mike and kris

    $100

  • KidsOutdoors Inc

    $75

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ben and Kate

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • John Brooks

    $50

  • The St. Pierre Family

     

  • Roger Sedarat

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • David Theobald and Nancy Williams

    $50

  • Daniel London

    $100

  • Cleary Family

    $50

  • Jack Fitz

     

  • Kate Rohmann

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Charlotte Gladstone

    $30

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Donor Comments

Charlotte Gladstone

Charlotte Gladstone

DONATION: $30

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Kate Rohmann

Kate Rohmann

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jack Fitz

Jack Fitz

2 years ago

Cleary Family

Cleary Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Daniel London

Daniel London

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

David Theobald and Nancy Williams

David Theobald and Nancy Williams

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Roger Sedarat

Roger Sedarat

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The St. Pierre Family

The St. Pierre Family

2 years ago

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