GAR's Work With K-5 Students Brings Smiles

Essential Experiences
Posted on 04/12/2019
Image of GAR at StewartIn February, GAR Foundation announced a partnership with Akron Public Schools to launch a $1.2 million investment called Essential Experiences to provide every APS student in Pre-K through fifth grade with a meaningful co-curricular experience outside of the classroom.

In the program, 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.

“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.” GAR convened the cultural and historical organizations with Akron Public Schools’ Learning Specialists to create educational programming specifically designed for Akron Public Schools students.

Not every child has the opportunity to experience many of these activities due to cost, transportation or both. If a child begins the program in Pre-K, by the time he/she reaches fifth grade he/she will have participated in six local, significant cultural and historical assets directly connected to classroom learning, thanks to GAR Foundation.

We're sharing with you some photos from the wonderful work of ArtSparks as part of the Essential Experiences from the GAR Foundation that are being held at our preschools. This group was at Stewart Early Learning Program on Vernon Odom Boulevard.

Thursday Dancing Fun ... ENJOY!

More Essential Experiences
Below are more images from Essential Experiences, this time, with our partners at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History working with APS students from David Hill and Mason community learning centers.

CMNH Photos

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