Students from Horace Mann Middle School will enjoy a unique outdoor learning experience for the second straight year at Camp Anokijig in Sheboygan County Sept. 19-23.
Nearly every student and staff member will attend the camp, located on Little Elkhart Lake near Plymouth. Each of Horace Mann's "houses" will attend for two days and one night, staggered throughout the week. The Argonaut House will attend Sept. 19-20, while the Voyagers attend Sept. 20-21, the Phoenix House attends Sept. 21-22 and the Navigators conclude the week Sept. 22-23.
Camp Anokijig (An-oh-KEE-gee) was founded in 1926 and sits on 356 acres of forest, fields, rolling hills, streams and ponds. Students will experience a hands-on science curriculum and recreational activities. Horace Mann will have exclusive use of the facilities for the week.
An anonymous donor has provided $50,000 and pledged another $50,000 over five years to support the trip. Families will be responsible to pay $30 per student, while those on reduced lunch will be charged $15 per student and free lunch students will not be charged. The District will pay one-third of the total cost and other donors will be sought for additional funding. Total cost of the experience, including meals, lodging and transportation is about $36,000 per year.
The District created an endowment to sustain this learning experience over the long term. Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund may do so through the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation page.