Editor’s note: This letter went to Jim “Cowboy Jim” Cooper, Ramona resident and Old West re-enactor who coordinated with the school district so fifth- and sixth-graders had the opportunity to visit the encampment in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center on May 1 and 2.
On behalf of each of the 5th and 6th grade families at our school district’s six elementary schools, please let me thank you for the wonderful gift you and your Old West encampment partners have provided to us.
It is rare, indeed, for community members to donate their resources to our local schools. It is rarer, still, when community members volunteer hundreds of hours of their time and energy away from their own homes and families to stage extraordinary learning opportunities as you and your colleagues have done for us these past few days.
If your goal was to bring the Old West alive for our students this week, you have well succeeded. The authentic displays, the wonderful assortment of stations, the incredible costuming and exhibits, and the incredibly knowledgeable and communicative presenters made each two-hour visit with the kids extraordinary.
But an additional value for many of us was this new partnership between our schools and staff with you and your organization. What a rich resource you have brought to us, along with a new circle of friends interested in the well being of our students and their futures.
Again, thank you for this extraordinary gift. We have posted many pictures of your encampment on our district Facebook page and cannot wait to see all of you again next year!
Robert W. Graeff, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Ramona Unified School District