CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION, SAN DIEGO CHAPTER, HELPS ST. MARTIN ACADEMY ADVANCE TO THE NATIONAL SEAPERCH COMPETITION

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President of the San Diego CSDA Chapter, Kathleen Coates Hedberg presents a check to Science Teacher Rosie Beck and the SeaPerch team, Katarina Gustin, Jake Connors, and Benjamin Evans.

May 15, 2013 (La Mesa) -  In an effort to provide educational outreach and awareness of Special Districts and their role in local government, the California Special Districts Association, San Diego Chapter and sponsor Helix Water District, provided St. Martin of Tours Academy (www.stmartinacademy.org) $515 for the 2012/2013 school year to pursue implementation of a SeaPerch Remote Operated Vehicle school program (www.SeaPerch.org).  St. Martin Academy entered their SeaPerch project at a local San Diego SeaPerch competition held on April 27, 2013, at Grossmont Community College and won first place.  The competition consisted of three-student teams who built the underwater vehicle, provided a presentation, competed in an obstacle course, and a deep water recovery mission.

As a result of receiving first place, the school began raising funds to continue on to the National Competition at Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 17-19, 2013.  California Special Districts Association, San Diego Chapter presented an additional $1,000 grant to help offset the costs for the students to attend the National Competition.

The California Special Districts Association, San Diego Chapter will be holding their annual Grant Recipient Recognition Dinner on May 16, 2013, at the Butcher Shop in Kearny Mesa at 6:00 p.m., to hear presentations from six schools who received grants for a total of $4,880 this school year.  The schools will provide a presentation giving an overview of the success of their program and how the project helped increase the knowledge and awareness of Special Districts and their role in local government.