Industry News 9/17/2012

SUPPORT: Oceanside Charitable Foundation Awards Coastkeeper $14,000

Oceanside Charitable Foundation Awards Coastkeeper $14,000
The grant will extend Project SWELL in Oceanside Unified School District

SAN DIEGO,— Last week, San Diego Coastkeeper received a $14,000 grant from The Oceanside Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation with support from The McLaughlin Endowment Fund of The San Diego Foundation. This grant will extend Project SWELL into 6th grade in Oceanside Unified School District. In addition to science curriculum, the grant will provide 5th and 6th grade teachers with professional development, online access to the curriculum and materials for hands-on learning.

Developed through a groundbreaking partnership between San Diego Coastkeeper, Think Blue (the City of San Diego) and the San Diego Unified School District, Project SWELL is a school-based science curriculum that teaches children about the importance of the region's waterways. It uses hands-on engagement and inquiry-based learning to help teachers empower students to understand and improve the condition of San Diego waterways.

“Currently, over 160,000 students in San Diego Unified School district and over 1,600 students in Oceanside Unified School District have access to Project SWELL in their classroom,” said Nia Gipson, education coordinator at San Diego Coastkeeper. “With this additional funding, Project SWELL will expand to help Oceanside’s 6th grade students understand and connect with their waterways.”

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation’s 2012 grant cycle focuses on science and technology to prepare students for success in an increasingly green economy.

For more information about Project SWELL and its partners, San Diego Unified School District and Think Blue (City of San Diego), please visit

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