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Monroe Legacy

Learning outside the classroom

Monroe PTA raising funds for field trips

First grade students stand outside of the Science Center of Iowa following their class field trip. While at the science center, the students were able to watch demonstrations by staff and explore the many hands-on displays available at the center.
First grade students stand outside of the Science Center of Iowa following their class field trip. While at the science center, the students were able to watch demonstrations by staff and explore the many hands-on displays available at the center.

School field trips are events students and teachers look forward to each year to get outside the classroom and expand the boundaries of learning. At Monroe Elementary, the Parent Teacher Association fully funds the trips and is looking to build up the account to make sure the opportunity continues for kids now and in the future.

“Several years ago, the school stopped paying for field trips due to budget cuts,” a letter sent from the PTA to parents said. “The PTA has agreed to raise the money needed to pay for every student to participate in a field trip.”

From visiting a pumpkin patch and learning about the history of schools in Iowa to watching science come to life at the Science Center of Iowa, field trips bring kids to new and exciting locations to learn. 

The goal of the organization is to raise $2,500 to fund the trips. Currently, the fund does not have enough money to complete the field trips planned for this year.

“The suggested donation amount is $10 per child. While we understand that not all field trips cost $10, we also know that not everyone is going to donate. Some field trips are much more expensive than others,” the letter said.

Any donation made to the PTA is tax deductible. Community members who believe field trips are an essential part of the learning and elementary school experience, along with parents, are encouraged to donate to keep the trips going.

“Our field trips correlate with what we are teaching so they give students ‘hands-on’ learning about a particular subject,” Monroe Elementary first grade teacher Angie Landgrebe said. “It also gives students an experience they might not get otherwise.”

Any donations can be dropped off at the school. Checks are asked to be made out to Monroe Elementary PTA with “field trip fun” in the memo line. 

Any questions can be directed to PTA president Cathy DeHaai at 515-210-5180 or dehaaicatherine@hotmail.com.

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