Paso Robles teacher, principal hike to raise funds for student trips

A Paso Robles teacher and a principal are teaming up to hike 220 miles to raise awareness and funding so students can take science and environmental education field trips.

Deb Baca, a fifth grade teacher at Winifred Pifer Elementary School, and school Principal Carol Stoner will dedicate 30 days of their summer vacation to hike the John Muir Trail, according to a news release from the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District.

They began walking Tuesday and will take donations and pledges for miles walked, which will fund outdoor trips for Winifred Pifer students. Non-taxable donations can be sent to the Winifred PTA at 1350 Creston Road, Paso Robles, CA, 93446.

The school trips will include visits to the Central Coast Aquarium, Oceano State Park, Morro Bay estuary, the elephant seals in San Simeon and Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School.

The cost to send fourth grade students to El Chorro, a three-day outdoor school put on by the county Office of Education, is $15,000.