Johnson Elementary fourth graders recently traveled to Austin with Education in Action’s “Proud to be Texan” field trip.
Teachers and students took their classrooms on the road Friday, March 28. Students visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Capitol to experience what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History.
On the charter bus ride to Austin, students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit. In Austin the students visited the Texas State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable Kelly Hancock, State Senator, District 9 and The Honorable Giovanni Capriglione, State Representative, District 98, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. At the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum students explored exhibits about Texas’s earliest inhabitants, the Texas Revolution, and events that created our Lone Star identity. The students’ visit to the museum concluded at the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theater with the Star of Destiny where they saw and experienced the history of our great state including a gusher exploding from an East Texas oil derrick and the takeoff of Saturn V as seen from Mission Control at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.
“Education in Action’s field trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Lori Duncan, Education in Action’s School Programs Director. “Student activities during Education in Action’s Proud to be Texan” field trip reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage.”
Education in Action’s Travel, Explore, and Learn field trips make it easy for teachers to take their 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms on organized, fun, and meaningful site-based learning experiences. Education in Action handles all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.
In addition to Travel, Explore, and Learn field trips to Waco/Georgetown, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Education in Action also offers spring break and summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps for outstanding 4th-8th graders. During the weeklong, overnight camps, participants experience significant Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston with Texas educators and a focus on leadership.
Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. For more information about Education in Action visit www.educationinaction.org.
This past school year, 30 exceptional youth facilitators and 1,007 outstanding 4-8 grade students were selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2013 spring break and summer camps. Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth (4-6 graders), Austin/San Antonio (5-7 graders), and Houston/Galveston (6-8 graders). Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school/community activities.
Carroll ISD had a total of 13 students participate. 10 students were from Eubanks Intermediate and three students were from Old Union Elementary School. The Eubanks students were: Lauren Salazar, Sophia Deras, Matthew Krekow, Leigh Loftin, Trey Mann, Jude Nejmanowski, Braden Pecora, Noah Schembri, Ryan Seltzer, Sahaj Singh and Nicholas Tornow. The OUES students who participated were: Mackenzie Korman, Juniper Nelson and Avery White. Click here for a complete list of all districts and students involved.
During the weeklong Lone Star Leadership Academy camps, delegations of distinguished students gathered to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. Venues included places such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the Dallas/Fort Worth program; the offices of participants’ state legislators at the Texas State Capitol, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat, and The Alamo on the Austin/San Antonio program; and NASA, a boat tour of Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, and Moody Gardens on the Houston/Galveston program. Career speakers introduced participants to a wide variety of unique career and internship opportunities. Click here to view pictures taken from various camp destinations.
The Lone Star Leadership Academy experience provides a unique opportunity for outstanding students to learn about Texas leaders and what it means to be from the Lone Star State. Participants discuss what they learn, complete problem-solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity, and practice presentation skills in Leadership Groups. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students and making new friends while adding to their resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills, and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what they are learning in school.
Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to become informed and active leaders in their communities. Students involved in student government, service organizations, and gifted and talented programs are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Educators may nominate their outstanding 4th-8th grade students for 2014 camps online at www.educationinaction.org. Facilitator/student ratio is one to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information about the Lone Star Leadership Academy visit www.educationinaction.org or www.facebook.com/educationinaction.