My students need tickets to The Field Museum in Chicago, while visiting the city on a transition field trip.
Lights! Sites! Bustling traffic! Who wouldn't want the opportunity to visit a big city like Chicago? This may never be a reality for special needs students from a rural community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, unless they are provided a guided opportunity to see what the city has to offer.
Here's a little insight into the lives of our students: All are 11th and 12th grade special education students from the four school districts in our county.
Some have learning disabilities, emotional impairments or autism. Our schools are considered to fall in the moderate to high poverty level.
Over 50% of our student populations qualify for free and reduced lunch. As a result, many do not have the confidence or the means to experience life outside of our area. Because we live in a rural community, many are sheltered as to what the world has to offer. We would like to provide our disadvantaged students this opportunity of a lifetime.
For this particular part of the project, we would like to take our students on a guided tour of the Field Museum in downtown Chicago. This visit will enrich the information that has been provided by their teachers and textbooks throughout their school years.
As previously stated, our special needs students come from a rural area that is hundreds of miles away from a major city with all the opportunities from a city like Chicago. In addition to the Field Museum, we will visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, the Chicago Sky Deck and Shedd Aquarium. From this trip we hope our students will gain a better understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity, improve community participation, and allow interactions and socialization among students from neighboring school districts.
Throughout the academic school year, we instruct our students so that they will achieve the goals and objectives that will culminate through this trip.
We saw a need to put into practice the skills taught.
According to parent and student surveys from previous trips, this experience has increased their self confidence and open-mindedness to become more accepting and tolerant of others. Some parents have stated that they themselves, would not be able to provide such an experience.
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