There trips were a school-wide, whole day event where everyone in the building went to one of seven different locations to deliver services or supplies for the project of their choice. The only remaining staff at school were the secretary and attendance clerk! NO ONE went on the trip in grades, including adults, they went in house teams which meant that there were children from grades K-5 in every group. Now, you may think that the lessons and activities that were delivered may not have been age appropriate for all children, but you have never seen children so engaged and attentive. The community leaders delivering instruction were so in tune to the needs of our children. Questions were answered with patience and on a level of understanding that anyone could grasp, presentations were engaging and interactive so students could see first hand what was being taught and great appreciation was shown for all the work the children had done for their community.
Some of the destinations were local nursing homes to deliver personal care items, animal shelters in two neighboring communities to deliver food and cleaning items, the local hospital to deliver "Busy Boxes" that contained activities, small toys, stickers, and a card of explanation for children in the hospital and a volunteer cake decorating facility called Sweet Blessings which provides cakes for many of our students to deliver pudding, cake mixes, and cleaning supplies.
After delivery of our supplies students were treated to an educational learning experience that would allow them to see potential career choices for their future. They witnessed how the cakes they receive are decorated with special themes of anything you can imagine, how health care professionals care for the injured and sick, how residents of nursing homes are given physical therapy to strengthen and build muscle and even witnessed the operation of a cat and dog for two different procedures! What an adventure that was. One child just couldn't look while another said, "I just can't take my eyes off of that." We may have a future vet on our hands.