West receives field trip grant

DOWNEY - West Middle School has received a $700 from Target Corporation to take 120 students to the Getty Center in Los Angeles.The grant request was made by school librarian Julia Desalernos, whose submission was chosen from more than 25,000 applications nationwide. "With the nation's schools facing increasing budget shortages each year, field trips are often one of the first elements eliminated from the curriculum," Target said in a statement. "The Target Field Trip Grants Program, which launched in September 2006, distributed 5,000 grants totaling $4 million in funds this year to education professionals to help fill this gap, so that teachers may continue using the valuable experiential learning gained from field trips to enhance students' classroom studies. Students will visit the Getty April 2 and June 4. The school also received a $20 Target gift card to purchase snacks for the trip, a digital camera, window cling sets, and school supplies. ********** Published: March 6, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 46