Letter: Please Help Send My 5th Graders to Mars!

Christi Thomas, fifth grade teacher at Fairmont Elementary School in El Cerrito, is seeking donations to send her class to "Mars," which actually means a simulated astronaut trip, "Mission to Mars," at the Chabot Space and Science Ce

Letter to the Editor:

Please help me send my Fairmont 5th Graders to Mars!

My students have qualified to participate in an awesome simulated astronaut Mission to Mars at Chabot Space and Science Center this October.  This is the perfect type of field trip where the students are there learning specific grade level standards but get to do it in a really fun way! The grant that Chabot found for us will get us from Chabot to (simulated) Mars, but first we need to get from Fairmont to Chabot! The estimate for the bus is $480! This is a school where the majority of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch.  I really want my students to be able to have this unique learning opportunity, but I need some help from the community.  We are seeking community donations (in any amount) to help make this field trip a reality. 

Our wonderful neighborhood coffee shop, Well Grounded (located at 6925 Stockton Avenue) is also trying to help us raise money for this trip.  They have generously placed a donation jar in their shop to help my class raise the needed money to pay for a bus.  Stop by and have some of their amazing coffee or delicious bagels and while you're there, please contribute to our donation jar.  Of course, you can also mail or drop off donations at Fairmont Elementary (724 Kearney Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530) c/o Christi Thomas.  I am so thankful for our Well Grounded and Jenny K neighbors helping us out with this effort and I hope that other members in the community will be able to help inspire scientific curiosity in my students by giving to this worthwhile trip.

– Christi Thomas
   5th Grade Teacher, Fairmont Elementary

Cranberry October 29, 2012 at 04:12 AM
We went to Mars! A huge thank you to the El Cerrito community members who donated money to help pay for our bus ride to Chabot! The students loved the entire experience and the chaperones were impressed as well! I can't tell you how grateful we all are for the help from Well Grounded, Jenny K, EC Patch, and caring community members!
Charles Burress October 29, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Hooray! That's great news. Thanks for letting us know.
Dorothy Coakley November 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM


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