The Issue: Lack of Activities for Low-Income Students
The Eagle County School District exists in a resort community with a high cost of living and many low-income service jobs. Of the district’s roughly 6,000 students, 2,388 are in the free or reduced-price lunch program, according to data from its website. Without financial assistance, these students can find it difficult to afford tuition for extracurricular programs that challenge them in math and science.
The Campaign: Teaching Students Through Field Trips
If this Grassroots campaign raises $450, then Walking Mountain Science Center can sponsor a Success in Science field trip for a class of 30 children from an underserved middle school. Each additional $450 raised will fund a field trip for another 30-child class. During Success in Science field trips, students split into groups with an 11:1 student-to-teacher ratio and travel to five outdoor classrooms to study the ecologies of a creek, wetland, pond, forest, and mountain. Working with graduate fellows in the sciences, classes spend time outside, using the scientific method and developing critical-thinking skills through grade-specific environmental lessons. At the end of the trip, students receive a journal containing the day's lessons and teachers receive posttrip activities to keep the discussion going at school.
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