Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Elementary Teachers: Take this Ship
A Raffle Just Might Get Free Bus Travel for Students to the Maritime Museum; Parents Tell Your Teachers!

Maritime Museum Director Marifrances Trivelli bemoaned the fact with a friend recently that not as many teachers were bringing their students in for business – a sore disappointment when the museum has so much to offer.
Her friend, a retired teacher, easily hit the sail on the head.
They don’t come, the teacher explained, because buses are so costly – and so hard to get – that they’ll tend to use them for major field trips – meaning those not so nearby.
That’s how the museum in part launched it’s “teacher outreach,” program. An open house will be held for educators from 1st to fifth grades from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday Oct. 15, to explain all the school tours the museum offers – but even better: a raffle that will include a oceanic-sized prize.
Three teachers will each receive a bus ride for their students to the museum and back – quite an enticement for teachers always eager for transportation to take their students on field trips.
Each educator attending will receive a packet all about the museum and the tours that are offered. Light refreshments will be served. Museum staff will explain how the maritime museum – a wealth of information when it comes to maritime history locally and throughout the state – meets the state’s education standards, the director said.
For more information, contact Amy Harroff, the museum’s educator, at (310) 548-7618 (ext. 202).