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Ogallala students folic in the grass
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Trissa Wilson
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Isabel Unrein
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Lined up for ice cream
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Life flight helicopter (from a previous trip to North Platte Regional Airport)

Spring weather and grade school field trips go hand in hand. North Platte offers great activities for students to enjoy.

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On Friday three school groups came to North Platte, and they all ended up at Cody Park at the same time. Two school buses brought Ogallala first-graders to the park. The children spent time on the playground and enjoyed a picnic lunch before to an afternoon visit to the Children's Museum.

Another busload of Hershey students arrived in the afternoon, after a DARE Day graduation celebration.

First grade teacher Tracy Cone said good weather and the park made for a great field trip.

"We are having a great time. The kids have visited the train display and were able to look at all the animals," Cone said.

Several students said they liked the trains, but had the most fun running up a hill and rolling back down. The Hershey kindergarten class arrived while the Ogallala crew was eating and playing. First grader Isabel Unrein from Ogallala said the best part of the field trip was Cody Park.

Suzi Johnson, one of the two Hershey kindergarten teachers, organized the trip. With the help of parents, the day was enjoyable to all. Johnson said the purpose  was to get the kids out of the classroom and have a fun day.

"Going to the museum gives them a chance to play and at the same time learn about careers." she said.

The class enjoyed lunch at McDonald's before the park. The teachers credited the good behavior to planning and adequate supervision.

As Ogallala departed, Hershey students stopped by the Cody concession stand for ice cream.

When students lined up, Hershey sixth grade students arrived in another bus, after completing a DARE field trip. Sixth grade teacher Cherilyn Kuhl said the fun day was a reward for completing the drug awareness program.

"We went to the North Platte Rec Center and they played games and had a lot of fun." Kuhl said. Outside the recreation center, students toured the Life flight helicopter. In addition to DARE, Kuhl said the trip also recognized those who had been a part of Hershey’s accelerated reading program.

"We did a bunch of fun stuff about DARE and it was kind of like a career day,” Hershey sixth grader Trissa Wilson said.

The Advanced Reading program awards points to students for reading books. 

With the 39 Hershey students from sixth grade, 42 from kindergarten and more than 40 from Ogallala, the park was filled with kids enjoying a fun day.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/5/2014
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