Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

History comes alive at BESIC

April 21, 2005

It was time to take a trip into the past for Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center fifth-graders on a Friday field trip.

The students took part in one of ten Lewis and Clark field trips around the state. The field trip was in the BESIC gym and lasted most of the day.

"It was a great experience for the kids and it was a great day," Mundinger said. "It was different from what we normally do."

Main Street USA is the company that puts on field trips like this one. Don Everhart, Main Street USA director, said the trip was a lot fun, especially watching the students.

"This is such a tremendous thrill," Everhart said. "It's fun seeing the kids actively involved, which is the best part of education."

Mundinger said he also enjoyed the day, because he loves history and Thomas Jefferson.

"I enjoyed it a lot, because I am a history buff," Mundinger said. "I love history and Thomas Jefferson is one of my three favorite people. Him, Abraham Lincoln and my dad are the three men I admire the most. And of course, Jefferson was the one who initiated the Lewis and Clark expedition."

BESIC fifth-grader Dallas Nichols said he enjoyed the field trip.

"I enjoyed it a lot, because they are my favorite pioneers," Nichols said. "It was lots of fun."

Mundinger also said the teachers really enjoyed the field trip.

"The feedback I've gotten has been real positive," Mundinger said. "The fifth grade teachers were sitting around after school Friday wondering if we could have Mr. Everhart back next year with a different program."

Students broke into groups and cycled through nine different stations that each lasted 30 minutes. The stations were water travel, fry bread, game, sextant, click and learn, 3-D slide show, bison cooking, pompey's pillar and journal.

"I would say the kids know a lot more about Lewis and Clark today than they did last Thursday," Mundinger said.

Nichols said he learned a lot during the field trip.

"I didn't know that they traveled so far or that they had a dog," Nichols said.

Everhart also said that student behavior is hardly ever a problem.

"We rarely have a problem with the kids," Everhart said. "The kids are so tuned into it, they forget the recess they are supposed to have."

The field trip was paid for by a grant the school received from Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission. BESIC was one of only 10 schools to receive the grant.

Mundinger said he found out about the grant in August. He then filled out the form, but didn't think the school would be one of the 10 schools selected.

Mundinger said he hopes the school has made a contact in Everhart, so it would be able to put on future field trips.

"We hope we've developed a contact with Mr. Everhart, and we would be able to do another program" Mundinger said.

Everhart said he would love to come back to BESIC for another program.

"My wife and I would love to," Everhart said. "The kids were great and the teachers were phenomenal. The principal was just outstanding. I was very pleased with the school."

The school had 11 volunteers helping run the stations Friday. Mundinger said the volunteers made the experience possible.

"We couldn't have done it without the volunteers," Mundinger said. "They were a big help, and we really appreciated their help."

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