Essential Experiences at Natural History Museum

Prehistoric History Day
Posted on 11/22/2019
Image of Betty Jane Essential ExperiencesStudents from Betty Jane CLC had a great day at the Cleveland Natural History Museum earlier this week. Julie Schmidt from Betty Jane tells us the students were full of questions and ideas about dinosaurs and more after the field trip made possible through a grant by GAR Foundation. This is part of its Essential Experiences initiative at APS.

Essential Experiences is a $1.2 million investment to provide every Akron Public Schools student in Pre-K through fifth grade with a meaningful co-curricular experience outside of the classroom. Students will visit six local cultural and historical organizations to participate in educational programming directly connected to classroom learning. Host organizations include ArtSparks, Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Akron Zoo, Hale Farm & Village, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Essential Experiences addresses the need for high-quality experiential learning and draws from research supporting the value of co-curricular experiences. “Think of Essential Experiences as a field study rather than just a field trip,” said Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation. “These experiences are unlike any traditional field trip; they don’t end when the students get on the bus back to school. Each experience has enriched curriculum that connects the experience to classroom learning.”

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