By: Meredith Baker | Email: Click Here
Posted: Jan. 1, 2018 | 12:00 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie County Public Schools has added some new local field trips and the National Aquarium in Baltimore to the list of approved trips for elementary students. Director of Elementary Education Paige Hannon said that County Administrator Kevin Massengill first suggested some new ideas for local trips, and then a committee worked on creating a list of destinations.
“It’s wonderful to go outside the county, it’s wonderful to go to these aquariums, it’s wonderful to go to Williamsburg, but there’s a lot in this county that our children need to know about that sometimes we take for granted, so this is a wonderful opportunity to keep those roots going within our community,” Hannon said.
School Board Chair Mary Benjamin said that often people are so busy going other places they do not know what their community has to offer, and she voiced her support for adding more local trips.
“I think it’s an excellent idea,” Benjamin said, “and for young people to go other places and to know what they have at home.”
Although teachers will not have the time to take advantage of every new idea, the expanded offerings do give teachers more options. Between new field trips and field trips that were already on the list, there are now over fifty local possibilities, including historic churches, such as Sappony Church in McKenney; local farms, such as Richlands Dairy and historic Bonneville Farm; some of the county’s lesser known Civil War battlefields; and local businesses, banks, and government buildings.
Some of the destinations can also be combined into driving tours to give students a broader picture of Dinwiddie County.