Since 2015, the Maury 5th grade class has worked together to raise money to attend Space Camp —an incredible capstone experience tradition! It is a three-day trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, at the end of the school year where students learn about STEM and space mission history, do space simulations, and even complete a realistic space mission.
While an incredible learning and community-building experience, Space Camp is also expensive — in the ballpark of $1,000 per student and not funded or supplemented by the PTA (or Maury fundraisers such as the Yard Sale and Maury at the Market). As such, 5th grade families are asked to make a several hundred dollar contribution for their student and then charged with fundraising to make up the difference in the total cost of the trip (almost $15,000 this year). It is important to note, that these fundraising efforts ensure that every 5th grade student has the opportunity to attend Space Camp regardless of family ability to pay the suggested contribution.
As such, 5th grade parents and students, as they have in years past, are planning a slate of fun fundraising events for the Maury community, including babysitting night and the Fall Festival. If you would like to support Space Camp fundraising in other ways, we welcome your help as an event volunteer or as a contributor of in-kind donations for supplies (such as pizza or crafts for babysitting nights, prizes for Fall Festival games, use of your popcorn machine, etc.). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or donate supplies for an event.
Help contribute to our students’ efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to this year’s Launch Our Futures campaign!
Many thanks from the Maury 5th graders!
Make the Dreams of DC Public School 5th Graders a Reality by donating money towards a trip to SPACE CAMP!
U.S. Space Camp is a camp and related programs owned and operated by the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission's U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The camp provides residential and educational programs for children and adults.
Maury Elementary is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Most gifts are 100 percent deductible as a charitable contribution under Federal and State income tax laws. Please consult your individual tax advisor to determine how much of your contribution is deductible.
If you have any questions about the Space Camp campaign, contact Sam Hauslohner.