On Wednesday, April 18, Grade 8 students traveled to New York City with Jen Baker, Spanish teacher and Jen Nelson, art teacher. Students began their day at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan to see the bilingual exhibit, “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed.”
Following a quick lunch in Battery Park, the group then made their way to East Harlem to visit the LSA Family Health Service to work in the food pantry. Jen B. volunteered there after college and everyone had the opportunity to use their Spanish while working in the pantry. It was a wonderful day of education and service for Parker students and teachers!
While the 8th graders spent the day in NYC the 6-7s traveled to Voorheesville to the Patroon Land Farm, an organization that supplies the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and its participating agencies with fresh, diverse produce. Parker has maintained a relationship volunteering with the food bank for a number of years now. Wednesday’s visit to the land farm was Parker’s first trip to this facility and the students still had the opportunity to help out, despite the unseasonable weather.
The 6-7s spent their time helping to weed and rake in one of the farm’s greenhouses. The staff at the farm were so grateful to have Parker’s help and said it would have taken their small staff weeks to get done what our students did in only a few hours.
These service field trips are great examples of how Parker’s learning process “cultivates purposeful action,” literally.