Family turns loss into gift of camping for thousands of kids

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 21:26:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Dozens of City Heights third-graders are spending the week eating s'mores, telling stories and sleeping under the stars.

The trip is free of charge for the Central Elementary class thanks to the Jarrett Meeker Foundation.

Going on 31 years, the San Diego nonprofit was created in memory of Jarrett Meeker who lost his life in a tragic backyard accident.

After his death, the Meeker's knew the best way to honor Jarrett's memory was to get more kids out in nature.

The nonprofit provides camping trips to underserved and ethnically diverse children throughout San Diego County. Each program is designed to meet the needs of students through hands-on interactive learning strategies.

Founders say the students study and explore the outdoor environment in a thrilling and adventurous learning experience.

Donate here to help the foundation continue sending kids to camp.