York City students at Ferguson Elementary School headed to Gettysburg on Tuesday to visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and guidance counselor Eric Schlosser shared a photo with us.
Schlosser said students were learning about Eisenhower by wearing “hats” that he wore during his lifetime. “Different moments in his life highlight the leadership characteristics of TRRACC (Trustworthy, Responsible, Respectful, Accountable, Caring, and good Citizenship),” he said.
The Eisenhower site was awarded a Ticket to Ride grant from the National Park Foundation and Disney. The funding will allow fifth-graders this year and next year to visit President Eisenhower’s farm and participate in the character education program “The Molding of a Leader,” according to a news release.
Ferguson Elementary students will be heading there on Tuesday.
“Teachers will introduce their students to Dwight D. Eisenhower as they prepare them in the classroom to participate in the site program. Students will learn to “Get On the Right TRRACC Like Ike” as they examine what it means to be Trustworthy, Responsible, Respectful, Accountable, Caring and a good citizen,” the release says. “During the visit to the historic site, a park ranger will lead them in the “Eisenhower: A Man of Many Hats” program as students role-play different time periods in Eisenhower’s life when Eisenhower learned or exhibited good character.”
Next year, eighth-graders will visit the site to participate in field studies on soil and water, learn about Eisenhower’s conservation ethic, and participate in hands-on science projects on the cropland and wetland, the release says.
Other donors supporting the trips include the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Grace Fellowship Church, the release says.
“For many City of York students, this Ticket to Ride field trip will be their first visit to a national park but, hopefully, it will not be their last visit. With decreasing school district budgets, assistance from outside donors is important to provide school students with these learning experiences,” Supervisory Historian Carol Hegeman said in the news release.