Help me give my students bus transportation to travel to Hershey, PA and learn about butterflies, chocolate, and Milton Hershey!
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Hi! I teach students in an Emotional Support (ES) classroom. They are various grades (9-12), very diverse, and our school has an 89% lower socioeconomic status population. Some students also speak English as a second language. Unfortunately, this particular group of students has a large percentage that have run-ins with the law and many of my students have been arrested for a variety of reasons. Some have been locked up, others have been in alternative education placements and a good number of them are on probation. There's never a dull moment in my classroom!
If you are not familiar with students in an ES population, they all have a diagnosis within the mental health spectrum, mostly Emotional Disturbance, but some students have social anxieties.
They all need to learn coping mechanisms for their emotional battles, so much of our instruction focuses on behavioral instruction in addition to curricular needs.
ES students have the worst lifetime outcomes in America, with 40% of them dropping out of school. If they do not get help or get a diploma for a better future, their outcome could be grim. Help me make them heard, understood, and successful!
Students from the city are going to explore nature up close by visiting the Hershey Garden butterfly atrium. After our butterfly encounter, we will then go down the road a bit to the Hershey Story Museum where the students will get a combination of science and economics instruction.
Most of my students have not had the opportunity to travel to museums and see what hands-on learning opportunities exist.
By taking them to places they hear about, they can learn to love exploring and find out that learning can, and is, fun! They will learn about the life and story of how Milton Hershey created a chocolate empire while participating in a Chocolate Lab. Who doesn't want to see the innovative process behind how chocolate is made, flavors are created, and even taste a bit of their work?
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