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Scholarship Funding Available for San Bernardino Schools - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade

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Children's Forest announces the launch of the 2003 Pathways to Stewardship Scholarship Program.

Through a generous sponsorship provided by Molycorp, Inc., a local mining company in the Mountain Pass area, 10 classes throughout San Bernardino County will be given the opportunity to participate in an exciting outdoor education program and get a free field trip to the Children's Forest, including bus transportation!.

This exciting opportunity has been made possible through an innovative partnership between Molycorp, Inc. and Children's Forest Association to increase outdoor conservation education.

"During this time of drastic budget cuts in our county's school districts, this is a bright light in an otherwise dismal budget crisis," said Lacy Goldsmith, Director of Children's Forest. "This will give kids the opportunity to do something that is hands-on and meaningful that they wouldn't otherwise get to experience."

The Pathways to Stewardship Scholarship Program requires that teachers have 3 to 5 students from their 6th, 7th or 8th grade classes write an essay called, "How do forest resources give me the every day things I need?"

Artwork and creative entries are encouraged! The idea is for kids to begin to see that there are many things that we depend on every day that are either grown or mined, thus placing great importance on managing our natural resources wisely through conservation and education efforts.

Schools or classes who want to submit an essay to enter the scholarship contest should contact the Children's Forest office at (909) 337-5156. Deadline for submissions is early April, 2003.

"It's nice to see an environmentally responsible corporation that is willing to step up and provide conservation education for kids," said Jay Rizzo, Program Manager for Children's Forest.

The Pathways to Stewardship curriculum includes a host of in-class activities that integrate into other subjects such as math, language arts and science. It also includes several hands-on outdoor activities and two field trips to the forest.

Molycorp also funds annual publication of the Children's Forest Explorer Guide, a conservation newsletter written by kids, for kids. "Part of Molycorp's community relations objective is to support programs that provide environmental stewardship and resource conservation education for children," said Molycorp's Public Affairs Coordinator, Kirsten Myers.

"The Children's Forest philosophy promotes responsible resource use, which makes this a program that we will gladly continue to support."

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