Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Target Field Trip Grant!!!

Back in the fall I heard about the Target Field Trip Grant and being one that is always looking for an extra dollar to spend on my students, I wrote for it. I was thrilled when I heard that I was selected!! The grant covered all the expenses to take up to 50 of my students to the Fort Worth museums for the day!
So after months of anticipation, Friday was the day! We ended up only having 40 people as there was a pep rally and tests and such and some students just couldn't get away. But those of us that went, had a great time!
And it was truly a great feeling to be able to tell parents and students that they didn't have to bring a penny for this trip! The grant even covered a snack!
Our first stop was The Modern. We were divided into 4 groups and shown around. Each group saw different works of art. I like that, but wish we had had time for the students to go around after the tour and tell their friends about the pieces that they saw. But that's okay, I'd rather leave them wanting more than be bored!

After we finished at The Modern, we loaded up back on the bus and had a snack and drove the block or so to the Amon Carter Museum. Here they are waiting to go into the museum for our tour.
I love the Amon Carter Museum, but an hour just isn't long enough for a tour here when the education specialists want to engage the students in conversations about the pieces! I think I was the only one out of the 40 of us to have ever been to the Amon Carter and we didn't even see some of the best pieces. The students were a little frustrated too. It's hard to engage in thoughtful conversation about something you have never seen before. But the experience for them was wonderful and each and every student left talking about the museum and the pieces. 

I love this picture!! Sorry museum people, my kids were not sophisticated enough to "get" some of the questions!! But Louise Nevelson is one of my favorite artists, so I was thrilled for my kids to see it in person!

And here they are just being the cool kids that they are!

After the museums we loaded back up and had a late lunch at Golden Corral. Thanks Fort Worth Golden Corral for making it work! They lowered the price for us so that the per diem covered the meal! Awesome!!
After the kids stuffed themselves we headed back home.
It was a great day.
I have to say, I love GRANTS! And I love that Target offers a field trip grant! It was a truly memorable day and so very good for my kids.

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