CADILLAC — Thanks to a grant, Mackinaw Trail Middle School students got a field trip that was as fun as it was educational.
The middle school received a $1,000 grant from the Cadillac and Kellogg for Youth Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation for the “Middle School: A Day at the Museum‘ project. Mackinaw Trail Principal Matt Brown said the school’s fifth-grade students went on the trip on either May 28 or May 29.
He said students were able to pick different types of exhibits and presentations that included topics in the areas of both science and social studies. He said topics included Native Americans, the Civil War, storyteller and space.
With the help of the CACF grant, money raised during a jar war earlier in the year and a rural transportation grant through the museum, Brown said the trip came out at no cost to the students.
Once they finished seeing the exhibits and presentations they picked, Brown said students then could explore the whole museum with the time they had left. He said the experience wasn’t just about the museum either.
“The kids were excited about the experience and many were in awe of the big city as many had not been to Grand Rapids,‘ he said. “The big buildings and structures they think there are in Grand Rapids are always fun to hear about.‘
The youth committee recommends grant awards for organizations who serve youth in the Cadillac area to the CACF’s board of trustees. These grant awards are determined through a competitive application and review process. With the support of many donors, the CACF has been able to invest more than $5.6 million in grants and scholarships back into the Cadillac area.