Many of our students have been outside of Streator or surrounding communities. As a high-poverty Title I district with all students receiving free lunches and breakfast, our students are full of curiosity and the need for educational experiences. Many of our students receive care packages of food for the weekends. There is so much on their little plates already that focusing on learning can be a challenge for many of them. They learn best with projects, activities, and real world experiences. Most of our students will not get rich learning experiences outside of school, and visiting a living history museum will bring it to life for them. Writing about actual experiences gives students excitement about their education that they cannot get inside the confines of the classroom.
Our district is having financial difficulties and will not be able to pay for field trips. We can, however, request donations from various organizations and businesses.
Blackberry Farm is a living history museum where pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun.
• Discovery Barn: See chickens, sheep, piglets, baby goats and more
• Wagner House (1840s): Post-and-beam constructed home from early downtown Aurora
• Pottery Shop (1850s): Visit P.H. Smith’s Shop and experience many facets of 19th century pottery making–fired on site
• Blacksmith Shop (1900s): Watch the blacksmith at work on our forge
• Weaver’s Cabin (1860s): Busy spinners card and spin wool and flax while weavers weave rugs and textiles on our antique looms
• One-Room Schoolhouse (1880s): See what learning was like for children in the classroom
• Huntoon House (1890s): Victorian room settings, treadle sewing, quilting, demonstrations and exhibits
• Early Streets Museum: Features 12 old-fashioned shops
We are able to go the first week of May. Our second-grade classes were wondering if you would like to donate to the cost of our field trip. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration.
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