In 2017, the schools did not fund class field trips, and the parents could not be asked for a fee to send the kids on a field trip. The responsibility belonged to the Parent Teacher Organizations, their fundraising abilities, and, in this case, a determined classmate.
Learning on field trips is both a left-brain and right-brain experience. These lessons learned on both sides of the brain will be easily remembered.
Joslyn Maurer participated in the Stampede Community Festival Horse program through Gold Buckle Champion. The goal of this program is to teach children creativity, problem-solving, and getting involved in their "Community. The horse she painted was her interpretation of patriotism, and she hoped to win and take her class on a field trip. Her horse won 2nd place in the contest, with $300 cash for her project. This was enough money to send all three Ronald Reagan Elementary 2nd grade classes to the Botanical Gardens.
The students had a blast. They were able to learn about the life cycle of a plant and about different kinds of plants around the gardens. Every student was given a small cup to collect seeds so they could plant them at home if they wanted to. Students were so engaged during the whole field trip, and it is because everything was hands-on. Without this award, we would not have been able to fund this exciting field trip. Thank you to Gold Buckle Champion and Joslyn Maurer for participating in the contest. Mrs. Shaw