Jarvis Middle School sixth graders, their teachers, principal and parent chaperones travelled to New York City on Friday, May 20. The school trip was an opportunity to explore history and science and have fun at the same time.
The first stop was the Liberty Science Center, a hands-on science exhibition. Students discovered how fast they could pitch, figured out how to drill for oil, observed a honey bee exhibit, and saw live animals. Three floors of activities kept them busy for almost three hours.
After lunch, the students boarded a ferry at Liberty State Park for a trip to Ellis Island. Many student took time to look for names of relatives among the 12 million immigrants who were processed here before entering America. Students also listened to an audio tour of the museum.
After walking around the island, they boarded another ferry to Liberty Island. Lady Liberty was a magnificent sight for these sixth graders.
Sixth grade teacher Colleen Bunce said the Jarvis teachers had given students background on Ellis Island and Liberty Island through video clips and discussions in class.
“They were able to see what some of our ancestors saw when first arriving to America and what both places stood for,” she said.
Everyone wrapped up the day at Dave and Busters in West Nyack, NJ where everyone refueled on the buffet and spent their remaining energy in the game room.
Mrs. Bunce said it is impossible to measure the importance of the day.
“These trips allowed students to learn beyond the walls of the classrooms and outside of our backyard. It was a successful day and memories were made by all,” she said.