COSTA MESA — California Elementary School recognized three students Friday for selling the most raffle tickets, in an effort to raise enough money for every student to go to sixth-grade science camp.
Sixth-graders Lexi Osso, Lelani Acuna and Matthew Sullivan were given gift bags and honored in front of the whole school in the multi-purpose room for a rainy day flag deck.
"These kids went over and above," said parent Maureen Sullivan, who organized the raffle with her husband, Bob Sullivan.
During flag deck, school board member Katrina Foley pulled Reagan Wallace's winning raffle ticket, making her the winner of a new bike from Nirve in Huntington Beach.
Foley has called for the school district to begin budgeting more than $200,000 to send every sixth-grade student in the district to science camp by reprioritizing money for the district administration for the students.
The school board is slated to discuss camp at its Tuesday meeting, Foley said. The agenda was not available Friday morning.
Principal Matt Broesamle said the school is about $3,000 to $4,000 short of the $13,680 needed to attend the school's chosen program, Astrocamp, in February.
The bike raffle raised more than $1,500 for the camp, and the school is continuing to raise funds, he said.
"We were able to raise quite a lot of money for science camp, which is looking very good for us," Broesamle said. "We are definitely going to science camp."
Maureen Sullivan said she wants the district to begin funding camp, starting this year. The amount schools are able to raise is limited, she said.
"You can only knock on your neighbors' doors so many times before they stop answering," she said.
Foley said the parents shouldn't even have to do these fundraisers.
Sixth-grade camp is a tradition across the district and should be funded like any other districtwide program, she said.
"Sixth-grade camp is no different in our district than biology class," she said.