Photo by The North Platte Bulletin
Hershey fourth graders outside the Archway at Kearney.
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Jessica Brock of the Edgerton Museum demonstrates frequency and pitch to Hershey sixth-graders.
As the school year draws to a close, buses fill the highways with elementary students on field trips.
Hershey school schedules field trips for grades K-6.
On Tuesday, 37 Hershey 6th grade students and teachers traveled to Hastings and Aurora.
The first stop was a visit to the Hastings museum. Cherilyn Kuhl, one of the teachers that help organize the trip said "It’s a place most of the kids have never visited before and gives them a taste of Nebraska."
In the IMAX Theater, the students watched, "The Last Reef" a 3-dimensional movie of underwater coral formations.
Kids learned about the fragile reefs and the many life forms they host.
After the movie, students toured the museum and participated in a scavenger hunt. Museum workers gave teams clues to find different objects inside the building. Afterwards, they went to a park for lunch and recreation.
At Aurora, they toured the Edgerton Science Museum. Sixth grade teacher Kelli Holton said the museum gives students the chance to explore science projects on their own.
They also attended two classroom demonstrations about space travel and sound waves.
Sixth grader Jenny Moenning said she enjoyed the Hastings museum the most.
“I liked the scavenger hunt," she said. "I have been to the museum before but I had never done that.”
On Wednesday, 46 fourth graders traveled to Kearney to visit the Great Platte River Archway. Fourth grade teachers Alison Smith and Whitney Koch planned the trip, and para-professional Brandi Anderson accompanied the class.
“The archway is a great place to visit," Koch said. "Most of the kids have never been here and it is a lot of fun for them.”
After the tour, students visited the archway gift shop to purchase souvenirs. Next stop was Yanney Heritage Park for lunch, fresh cookies from a Kearney bakery, games and playground equipment.
The last stop was a tour of the Earl May Garden center. Smith enjoyed taking her students. One of the advantages of smaller schools is the opportunity to take field trips, she said.
“I taught at North Platte and we didn't have field trips for grade school kids.” she said.