The benefits of a field trip are broader than the destination. Time together nurtures comradery and a sense of belonging. That’s why KLSD includes cultural immersion field trips for its English Language Learners (ELL).
“Students are able to go to a place that they might not normally go, which gives them new perspectives and expands their horizons,” said Wendi Altman, English as a New Language (ENL) teacher at John Jay High School. “When students engage with each other in a non-school setting, they feel like a team.”
Everyone works together
This year, ELL students from the middle and high school visited the Connecticut Science Center. Katonah Elementary School’s ELL students visited the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, while educators from the Norwalk Maritime Center will visit ELL students at Increase Miller and Meadow Pond Elementary School during a summer enrichment program.
The field trips are paid for by a Title III federal program designed to support and provide enrichment for ELL students. KLSD also uses the funds for remedial after-school programs for grades K-12 and purchased new iPads for the ENL department.
“The children loved the New York City experience of visiting the Intrepid Museum,” said Di Marco. “It created an enthusiasm and a desire to learn more about the American air and space race. They were fascinated to hear how the sailors lived in the submarine. The children also enjoyed exploring the space shuttles. Their excitement carried on for days after the trip!”
“Our English Language Learners are part of the Katonah-Lewisboro community,” said Vincent Bell, the informal liaison to the program district-wide. “The district has been wonderful in the level of support provided to these students.”
“Everyone works together to make it happen for the children,” said Sandra Costin, a district elementary ENL teacher.