CHEERS to the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School community for coming together to make up for the loss of a traditional fall field trip. Each year, for decades, children from the school had been traveling to Rulfs Orchards in Peru to take part in autumn activities, including a trip to the pumpkin patch, and connected science and social-studies lessons. But, like many area schools, ELCS has had to pare its budget over the years, and field-trip funding could not be justified as a priority. The Rulfs visit was not going to happen this year. But knowing how much it meant to students, teachers, students and families got inspired and decided to bring the pumpkin patch to the school. Rulfs gave the ELCS Teachers Association a good price on pumpkins, and staff brought the gourds to the school. The ELCS Honor Society and Student Council, joined by parents and other family members, put on an event that included cider and doughnuts, pumpkin carving, face-painting and other activities. Now that’s the kind of innovative thinking that can take some of the sting out of budget cuts. We would like to see more schools come up with ways to work with local businesses and museums to restore field-trip opportunities, which are cherished by students and leave lifelong impressions.
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