SBTHP Announces Early California Days Lottery Winners
April 2, 2015
(SANTA BARBARA, CA)—
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) is pleased to announce the winners of its Early California Days field trip lottery, offered annually to third grade students across Santa Barbara County. Now in its 14th year, this field trip to El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park offers students a glimpse into lives of the men, women, and children who inhabited the Spanish fort in the late-eighteenth century through a series of living history stations positioned throughout the park.
Earlier in the school year, teachers submit applications on behalf of their classes, a select number of which are then selected at random for this exciting opportunity. A total of 1,938 students entered the 2015 Early California Day Lottery from 37 different schools county-wide. On Thursday, April 9 and Thursday, May 7, SBTHP will host a total of 700 students from the following schools:
Adams Elementary School
Ballard School Carpinteria Family School
Coastline Christian Academy
Cold Spring School
Hollister Elementary School
Clarence Ruth Elementary School
La Patera Elementary School
Peabody Charter School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Santa Barbara Charter School
Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
St. Mary of the Assumption School
Summerland Elementary School
Vieja Valley Elementary School
Each year, SBTHP works to secure grant funding and to organize volunteers and specialists who staff 16 educational demonstrations. This year, support for Early California Days came from generous grants from the Towbes Foundation and California State Parks Foundation.
Lottery entrants who were not selected for the field trip, as well as the general public, may participate in the living history stations and other activities at the Founding Day Festival, held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11am-4pm.