Fourth Grade Austin Trip


Thanks to a $3,000.00 APEF grant received by Ms. Kim Storey and Ms. Amelia Hernandez, these 2 teachers were able to take Athens Intermediate School 4th graders on a trip to remember. Ms. Storey and Ms. Hernandez headed up a field trip that will prove to be a “once in a lifetime” trip for some of these students. 13 certified teachers, 8 volunteers, and 2 administrators volunteered on their day off to supervise 135 students on an amazing trip to Austin on Saturday, March 1, 2014. What made it even more special was that this is the day Austin was celebrating Texas Independence day (which is March 2nd, the anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico).


Students were given tours of the Texas State Capitol and the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum, a picnic on the grounds of the University of Texas in Austin, and a walking tour of the UT campus. The students enjoyed seeing the history and hearing more about our great state, discovery through hands-on exhibits, and making memories to last a lifetime. This opportunity allows our students to carry the knowledge they gained with them into their future history classes. They have also made memories that will help them make connections with their reading, and an experience they will be able to write about in their Language Arts classes.


The 4th grade teachers and students are extremely grateful to APEF for providing us with this opportunity. We are already seeing some of the benefits paying off in the classroom. We know they will carry the memories of this adventure with them forever!