Ah, field trips.. a time of fun, a time of learning, a time to experience something you'd never get out of just reading a textbook. Think back on your favorite field trip as a kid: maybe you went to the theater or a national heritage site; to a fire station or a park. In some way, that trip shaped you and left a lasting impression. And chances are, it was an experience you probably couldn't have gotten from just being in the classroom!
Sadly, rising costs and shrinking budgets for educators mean that many Chattanooga students don't get to experience field trips. In fact, 92% of teachers surveyed tell us that lack of funds make it difficult to take their classes on field trips. Schools that serve low income areas are particularly hard-hit, as many students are unable to afford fee-based programs. While their wealthier peers might not have a problem affording a field trip fee, disadvantaged students simply cannot afford it. And without those fees, educators lack the funds to hire buses and pay for programs.
But you can help. With our "$20 for 7" Drive for Schools campaign, each $20 you give will cover transportation costs for 7 students to come to the Aquarium. And with Causeway's 10-for-10 match, 10% of your gift will be matched for every 10 people who donate.