5th Grade Trip to IslandWood

$4,260 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 2 months
Kellie Marie  SEATTLE, WA
My name is Kellie, and my colleagues Tia, Danielle, and I have the privilege of teaching sixty-three amazing fifth grade scholars at Highland Park Elementary.

Highland Park is a unique place. We are a Title I school that serves an extremely diverse population with 80% of our students receiving free or reduced price lunch. Many of our students speak more than one language and bring rich, cultural backgrounds to our community. The wide spectrum of learners creates a distinctive environment where we are happy to teach and grow with our scholars.

Each year, we have the pleasure of taking our fifth graders on a trip to IslandWood – a school in the woods on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle. During the four day excursion, students are exposed to many things that they have never seen or done before, beginning with the ferry ride across Puget Sound and extending throughout their time on site. The staff at IslandWood provides an authentic, engaging learning experience. Every year, we get to watch our students learn in a way that cannot be provided inside the four walls of a classroom. To see the transformation under which many students go when they step beyond the world they live in is nothing short of inspirational. We love seeing those “lightbulb” moments when our scholars click with learning in new, indescribable ways. Not only is the trip to IslandWood a fun-packed adventure, but it shapes the fifth grade community upon our return as well. We create a close bond and build deeper relationships that greatly improve our ability to rise to the demands of fifth grade.

Tia, Danielle, and I  want every student to be able to take this trip and have the opportunity to do something completely outside of their normal routine. However, while all the benefits of IslandWood are impossible to quantify, they do come with a price tag. This is where we need your help.

As teachers of Highland Park Elementary, we want to raise money to subsidize the cost of IslandWood so that every student can afford to come, and the only way we can do that is with your support. Last year, generous donations helped pave the way for our students to have this powerful experience and we want nothing more than for this year's scholars to receive the same opportunity. 

Please consider donating to this trip and help us change the lives of these sixty-three scholars. Your donations will go to cover the cost of IslandWood for every student, transportation, chaperones, but most of all, your donations will support an amazing learning opportunity for our students. 

Thank you for your support.
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$4,260 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 2 months
Created December 5, 2016
Jacob Moeller
12 days ago
Summer Popelka
27 days ago
A Coker
28 days ago
Todd Shaughnessy
28 days ago
Kathleen Stephanick
29 days ago
Andi Bernardoni
1 month ago

Yay for outdoor education, making memories, and building community!

Ranette Iding
1 month ago
Rhonda Smith
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