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A Festival of Cultures
The cost of sending 31 students and their chaperones to Green Meadows Farm is $402, including <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
This proposal is for a day-long field trip to Brooklyn (Bayside, NY), in order to visit the Green Meadows Farm for the "Festival of Cultures" event.
My second grade class will be starting a social studies unit in the middle of March that will focus on communities and cultures from both the United States and Africa. There will be two writing sub-units: one involving note-taking and summarizing, and the other producing a report of information. The primary literacy focus will be summarizing and retelling texts.
My students are already excited about this unit, as many of them identify themselves as African or African American. However, the only resources I have access to for classroom purposes are a few books. The "Festival of Cultures" will give the children exposure to both American and African cultures within the same day. There will be African, Native American, and Western performances, as well as hands-on educational opportunities. It will be an event that they will not only enjoy, but one they will likely remember and take with them for the rest of their life.
My students all come from one of the poorest parts of New York City. Virtually all of them qualify for free lunch at our school, and many of their parents also qualify for social welfare services. Their parents often are not able to afford this trip, though seemingly affordable to others; hence, they rarely are afforded this kind of opportunity to grow academically and culturally.
Thanks to the parental support present in my class, many of their students have made tremendous gains academically this year, but there is still so much more they can learn before the year is over. This trip can extend their learning to a new level by making connections from the books we read in class to our "real" world.
(For more information about the trip, you can visit www.visitgreenmeadowsfarm.com)
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