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Learning and Field Trips go Hand-in-Hand in 5th Grade at LPE

Learning and Field Trips go Hand-in-Hand in 5th Grade at LPE

Learning and Field Trips go Hand-in-Hand in 5th Grade at LPE  Loves Park 5th grade students have gotten to enjoy going on a w

Loves Park 5th grade students have gotten to enjoy going on a wide array of field trips this school year!  Students have gone to Williams Tree Farm, Rock Valley College’s Youth Groundwater Festival, two plays: “A Christmas Carol” in Hampshire, IL and “High School Musical” at Hononegah High School, AMC Movie Theaters to see Mary Poppins, and Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve!   At the RVC Youth Groundwater Festival, Loves Park 5th graders got to participate in a science water lab, water trivia, and learned about contaminated water.  The trip to Atwood gave students a chance to try different activities they may not get to try otherwise as well as playing team building games and learning some outdoor survival skills. The 5th graders will also attend Civil War Days on May 1st at Midway Village.  Along with meeting Abe Lincoln and listening to his “Gettysburg Address” on the battlefield at Midway Village, students will learn about daily life on the home front, games and dances popular during this era in history.

How do LP 5th graders get to go on so many trips?  The past few years they have participated in grade level fundraising through Savory Foods, selling an assortment of cookie dough, gourmet popcorn, lava and bundt cakes, dipped pretzels, and candy.  Diane McKinney, Amber Black, and Bethany Oliveri introduced the fundraiser at Loves Park’s Open House at the beginning of the school year, kicked it off with students in September at a Kickoff Party where students got all of the information they needed and samples of what they would be selling, and had orders in and ready for student/parent pick-up before Thanksgiving.  The student who raised the most from each class won $25 gift cards to Walmart or Target, increasing the competition and fundraising success! While a wide variety of field trips that have provided students with first-hand and hands-on learning experiences, the 5th grade team has also been able to provide grade level and classroom celebrations for behavior and academic goals attained by students this year with the funds raised from the fundraiser.