Several mothers of Donegal School District elementary school students spoke out during the public comment portion of a school board meeting about plans to scrap a fourth-grade field trip to the state Capitol.
Parents of Marietta students had recently been informed that the fourth graders’ field trip would be held at a local farm instead.
“Now more than ever, I really feel that it’s important for kids to learn how the government works, how laws are made and how to make their voice heard. I’m asking, please, do not take this opportunity away,” Ann Kritzer told the school board at its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Her son agreed.
“I think we should go on this trip to the capitol because the fourth graders before us got to,” fourth grade student Jackson Kritzer told the board. “It would be great to see how laws are made.”
A mother of four Donegal School District students said three of her children had visited the state Capitol during their fourth-grade field trips. Her son was looking forward to learning how state government works and then getting to see it in person.
“The really neat thing about fourth grade is that, developmentally, our children are beginning to open their eyes to the world around them,” Hollie Shelton said. “That’s why I think it’s so important that we give them an opportunity to open up their eyes to their community through ‘ag in the classroom’ as well as being able to visit the capitol.”
“Kids learn best by experiencing, and isn’t it our responsibility to provide those experiences when we can?” asked Marietta resident Linda Good.
The board president thanked the public for their comments. It will decide if anything will be done about the field trip to the Capitol.
Also at the meeting, the Donegal Primary School/District Office building envelope was approved by the board to be put out to bid.
Companies will provide quotes to complete maintenance work at the 15-year-old building, by doing projects like updating the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and fixing fans installed incorrectly in classrooms.