A Year of Beaches, Museums, Farms, Theaters and More for Local Students

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What happens in the classroom is the subject of most Board of Education discussions. But on Monday, June 16, one resolution concentrated on what goes on outside the classroom.

Resolution 3159 asked that South Orange Maplewood Board of Education members approve a list of field trips for the 2014-15 school year. The list was long — and impressive.

Students will visit venues as varied as the African Burial Grounds in New York City, the Barnes Foundation and Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the Essex County Courthouse, Grand Central Terminal, the Italian Consulate in New York, MoMA, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Colonial Williamsburg, the U.N., and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Students will travel to farms, museums, theaters, courts, science centers, zoos, lighthouses, beaches, sports arenas, temples, cathedrals, universities, planetariums,  art galleries, opera houses, poetry festivals, power stations, city halls,  and — yes, a little frivolous fun gets thrown in there too — amusement parks, bowling lanes and paintball arenas. They’ll go fishing, they’ll go mining, they’ll go hiking, they’ll play sports and participate in robotics competitions.

Find the full list in the board packet here.

In the photo gallery, students from the South Orange-Maplewood District enjoy the annual fourth grade trip to Sandy Hook — including a quick tour of historic Fort Hancock, shell collecting on North Beach, and seine fishing on the bay.


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