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photo of a school kids holding a banner, HCS has earned the FERGUSON CARES Colonial Williamsburg Grant for fourth grade students

Hampton City Schools social studies department earns thousands of dollars in grant funding for student field trips

The Hampton City Schools social studies department has earned several grants making it possible for students to participate in field trips for hands-on learning.

This is the third year that HCS has earned the FERGUSON CARES Colonial Williamsburg Grant for fourth grade students. The grant is valued at $45,000 and provides admission and transportation for 1,500 students for Colonial Williamsburg.

“This is really helpful because many of our kids may not have the opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg,” said Alma Dietz, curriculum leader for social studies. “It is also really helpful for our teachers too. Colonial Williamsburg is part of our rich history and it is right in our backyard.”

An anonymous donor will make it possible for fourth grade students to visit the Jamestown Settlement. The $14,800 scholarship provides funding for transportation and admission. HCS has received this scholarship since the 2006-2007 school year.

A grant from the National Park Service will make it possible for fifth grade students to visit the Yorktown Battlefield. HCS has received this grant since the 2010-11 school year. It is valued at $4,000 and covers transportation and admission.

A grant from the City of Hampton will make it possible for fifth and 12th grade students to visit the Hampton History Museum and the Casemate Museum. These visits reinforce a wide range of Virginia Studies standards that cover Virginia’s geography, English settlers, Indian cultures, enslaved Africans, colonial Virginia, Revolutionary War, Civil War, 20th century Virginia and recent archaeological sites.

Finally, the “My Day in Court” program is the result of a partnership with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Anton Bell, judges from the Hampton Circuit Court, the Wythe Exchange Club and Downtown Exchange Club. Students from the high school government classes have the opportunity to visit the Circuit Court while in session.

“The students get to see the legal system in action up close and personal,” Dietz said. “After the court cases, students are afforded the opportunity to interact with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, judges and court personnel to ask questions.”


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