We love this time of year: It’s an opportunity to reflect and give thanks, and renew our spirit of gratitude and hope.
In challenging times, that’s especially true. Challenges inspire by testing our mettle, bringing us together as a community and reinforcing our collective commitment.
That’s certainly the case in Oregon. When faced with a landmark decision to support kids, education and Oregon’s natural resources this November, Oregonians pulled together and overwhelmingly said Yes to Measure 99, resulting in a landslide win to Save Outdoor School for All Oregon kids. As such, Oregon is the first state in the nation to offer a full week of outdoor education to all middle schoolers.
It’s an incredible accomplishment, and thanks goes to the thousands of supporters and partners who worked together to made it happen. The benefits of Outdoor School--from reconnecting kids to nature to improving student performance in school--are coming at a time when our state needs them the most.
However, in celebrating victory, we’re also reminded that the biggest challenges often don’t conclude with an initial win. Given that Oregon lawmakers will face a huge budget gap estimated at least $1.4 billion for the coming year, the competition for funds will be undoubtedly fierce. While voters have clearly spoken, we have much work ahead to protect and secure the funding from Measure 99. Thankfully, we have a great network of allies across the state, including legislative leaders and Oregonians like you, who when needed, will take action to help Oregon do what is best for our kids and our future.
In the coming months, our next steps include finalizing the process for how schools will be able to utilize funding for their Outdoor School programs, which will be administered by the OSU Extension Office. For more information, visit here. We’re looking forward to sharing more plans with you, and as more details are solidified we will be sharing that important information with you.
In the meantime, I hope this holiday season fills you with inspiration and excitement for the positive difference we’re making towards the future. As the success of Measure 99 shows, challenges really can lead to solutions when we all work towards a common cause.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support and dedication, and please don't hesitate to email or call me with any questions.
Outdoor School for All
c: (503) 888-1233
PS. In our gratitude for the hundreds of organizations and businesses who selflessly stood up in support of Measure 99, we ask that you consider showing your support by doing business with our Yes On Measure 99 endorsers as you plan your holiday season this year.