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Culturally relevant experiences bring such value and enlightenment to English Learners. The 8th grade class in my school will take a trip to Boston, which includes a Duck Boat tour exploring historical Boston, as well as time at Quincy Market and the Boston Science Museum. Of my 10 EL 8th graders, several of them have been displaced as a result of Hurricane Maria's devastation to Puerto Rico in 2017. The majority of these students are part of low-income housing, are recipients of free/reduced lunch, and many of them arrived here having lost everything. While these students have every reason to want to quit, they show up to school each day, willing to work and learn, and have already accomplished so much. Their participation in this trip would be so meaningful for them, both socially and academically, but the cost of the trip is too high for parents to fund. In helping these students, they will have the opportunity to experience the foundations of the United States through a historical Duck Boat tour with a guide, highlighting key landmarks that they have been hearing and reading about in their Social Studies classes. Many of these students have not left Connecticut since their arrival and have no real concept of where Boston is. Being able to experience the city would help them build background knowledge to apply to their Social Studies academic content. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Quincy Market and the Boston Science Museum. Students will view an IMAX production, as well as have the ability to enjoy hands-on activities helping to build their comprehension in Science concepts learned at school. Being able to participate in the Boston trip would be the greatest way for my 8th grade EL students to transition to High School.

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Culturally relevant experiences bring such value and enlightenment to English Learners. The 8th grade class in my school will take a trip to Boston, which includes a Duck Boat tour exploring historical Boston, as well as time at Quincy Market and the Boston Science Museum. Of my 10 EL 8th graders, several of them have been displaced as a result of Hurricane Maria's devastation to Puerto Rico in 2017. The majority of these students are part of low-income housing, are recipients of free/reduced lunch, and many of them arrived here having lost everything. While these students have every reason to want to quit, they show up to school each day, willing to work and learn, and have already accomplished so much. Their participation in this trip would be so meaningful for them, both socially and academically, but the cost of the trip is too high for parents to fund. In helping these students, they will have the opportunity to experience the foundations of the United States through a historical Duck Boat tour with a guide, highlighting key landmarks that they have been hearing and reading about in their Social Studies classes. Many of these students have not left Connecticut since their arrival and have no real concept of where Boston is. Being able to experience the city would help them build background knowledge to apply to their Social Studies academic content. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Quincy Market and the Boston Science Museum. Students will view an IMAX production, as well as have the ability to enjoy hands-on activities helping to build their comprehension in Science concepts learned at school. Being able to participate in the Boston trip would be the greatest way for my 8th grade EL students to transition to High School.

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