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SUBJECT: Funding Outdoor School

I am writing today to urge your support for adequately funding M99 Outdoor School for All as part of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission budget. 

Outdoor School gives students the opportunity to engage in a week of hands-on learning, outside of the classroom, gaining a deep and lasting appreciation for Oregon’s natural resources and outdoors.
I understand that with the current budget climate, difficult funding decisions need to be made. While it may not be possible to fully fund Outdoor School this biennium at the level intended by the voters, I ask that you support allocating enough funding in the 2017-19 budget for every 5th and 6th grader whose school would like to participate to attend Outdoor School during the upcoming school year, while providing for expansion to additional schools across the state in subsequent years.
Through this funding, the legislature will ensure that all 5th and 6th graders in Oregon, regardless of where they live or how much money their parents earn, will have the opportunity to participate in this highly impactful program. 
I urge you to support adequately funding M99 Outdoor School for All in the 2017-19 biennium.