Foundation supports field trips for three grade levels
The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools, in partnership with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and the University of Dubuque Heritage Center, sent three entire Dubuque Community School District grade levels on field trips this year. Fourth-graders experienced a day at the River Museum that tied directly to their science curriculum. Kindergarten and first-grade students attended programs at the Heritage Center that complemented units in their science curricula.
In 2009 the Iowa Department of Education ruled that schools could no longer ask parents to pay for student field trips. With tight school budgets, most field trips ceased unless school parent groups could raise extra funds.
Field trips are an important part of education, opening minds beyond what a book enables. Field trips provide learning and enrichment opportunities outside the classroom that some students might never otherwise experience. A field trip can awaken a child’s desire to try new things and pursue previously unconsidered dreams.
The Foundation would like to provide the opportunity for every student in Dubuque public schools to experience learning outside the classroom, but we need community support. If you want to learn more about the importance of field trips or donate to our Field Trip Fund, please contact Amy Unmacht.