In response to the article about Save Outdoor School qualifying for the ballot, it’s important to clarify a few facts.
Yes, there are “unintended consequences” of ensuring all Oregon kids have the opportunity to attend Outdoor School ... and they are nothing but positive. In addition to strong education benefits, Outdoor School for All supports our statewide natural resources industries while creating jobs in rural areas. As a bonus, it encourages kids to be more active, develop an appreciation for the outdoors while also teaches leadership skills and tolerance.
The idea that urban kids would be “left out” of going to Outdoor School is far from factual. Guidelines were written to ensure the exact opposite and provide much greater opportunity for kids from both urban and rural areas to attend. The goal is to make funding available and easily accessible for all school districts.
And the “undue burden” placed on OSU Extension Service to manage a statewide Outdoor School program? Consider the burden placed on individual schools now, such as in Scio, where schools must begin fundraising while students are in kindergarten so that they can afford to benefit from an Outdoor School by the time they reach fifth grade.
From an economic impact, education, community and common sense point of view, the Outdoor School for All measure looks good because it is good for Oregon. For these reasons and more, voters should say yes to the Outdoor School for All measure this fall.
Corvallis (Aug. 4)