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Sarah’s Science, a Castro Valley-based outdoor summer day camp, is shutting down, according to bankruptcy filings reported by Berkeleyside last week. The January 20 filing shows camp assets are worth about $2.24 million and that Shaffer owes about $2.55 million. Roughly $641,000 of that debt is for families who prepaid camp tuition in 2019 for a 2020 session that never happened. Those families will not be getting their money back. Shaffer sent an email to the parents of former campers in January informing them the camp had run out of money and she, the sole proprietor, had filed for personal bankruptcy. Cost-cutting efforts and a $200,600 PPP loan could not prevent the closure. Since 1987, Sarah’s Science offered science and nature programs to kids, parents, and teachers and was held every summer under the Tilden Carousel in Berkeley and in the redwood forest of Roberts Park in Oakland.

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