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ACACIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOUNDATION UPDATE – MAY
Support for Field Trips and Educational Assemblies – $5000
Thank you for your support of the Acacia Elementary School Foundation! One of the many ways that your contributions are impacting our school is support for field trips and educational assemblies. The Foundation gave $5000 to this category for this school year.
DID YOU KNOW…?
As a result of this funding, approximately $715 was distributed to each grade level for field trips and educational assemblies, which averages to $6 per child. This money offsets the cost of the yearly field trip expense for each child at Acacia.
Mrs. Kojima, the sixth grade GATE teacher, states, “We went to the Discovery Cube for the Orange County Waste and Recycling field trip, and they came for an assembly. The students learned about natural resources, the importance of recycling, e-waste, and items that are hazardous to landfills. We are so grateful for the Foundation funding! The children went on this field trip free of charge, and we did not need to ask families for donations.”
Each classroom plans an average of three field trips or educational assemblies per year. This number is at the discretion of the grade level team of teachers. Field trips and educational assemblies are carefully designed, ensuring that they are tied to Common Core State Standards with learning connections in the classroom.
The approximate cost of a field trip for one classroom is $750, including bus costs (a bus rental averages $400). On site educational assemblies cost $500-$1000. The yearly expense for our 22 classrooms to have these field trips or educational assemblies averages $40,000 (this includes the walking field trips with no transportation costs).
The Foundation is very pleased to be able to partially fund field trips and educational assemblies for each grade level, which is roughly 1/8 of the total cost. Given their large overall expense and the multiple funding needs at Acacia, the current Foundation budget is not able to cover the total cost of these “outside the classroom” learning experiences.
OUR FIELD TRIPS AND EDUCATIONAL ASSEMBLIES…
Below is one example per grade level of the many wonderful field trips and educational assemblies that have occurred (or are planned) during this school year:
- Kindergarten –Danny’s Farm from Cal Poly Pomona (came on site to the kindergarten playground)
- 1st grade – Scales and Slime – Inside the Outdoors (Assembly)
- 2nd grade – Knott’s Berry Farm Adventures in Education Program
- 3rd grade – “Seussical” musical – Hope University
- 4th grade – The Mission at San Juan Capistrano
- 5th grade – Cabrillo Marine Institute
- 6th grade – Discovery Cube – O.C. Waste and Recycling