children take trip to farm
Lisa Capone - The Sunday Boston Globe
Twenty-three Salem preschoolers treated to a tractor "sleigh"
ride and visits with various farm animals just before Christmas
were the latest beneficiaries of Education Outbound, a Hamilton
organization that provides educational field trips for underprivileged
"Particularly now, with the budget cuts, this is very helpful
in giving the children a field trip we shouldn’t be able to
afford," said Salem Community Child Care Center Director Christin
Hatch. "We are in an inner city here and they don't get to
see a farm or animals."
After earning a master's degree in education, Megan Connolly taught
school briefly before founding Education Outbound last year as a
way to provide students in poorer communities with hands-on learning
"The primary mission of education Outbound is to expose underprivileged
children to things they otherwise wouldn't see. That's it in a nutshell,"
The Salem Community Child Care Center trip took place at Devon
Glen Farm in Hamilton. The farm, which donated use of its facilities,
was also the site of a Dec. 22 holiday event for approximately 100
foster care, homeless, and other disadvantaged children.
Connolly said Education Outbound's programs are tied to state curriculum
standards, and designed to compensate for budget cuts that have
reduced schools' abilities to take off-site trips. In November,
five third-grade classes from the Garfield Community Magnet School
in Revere went to Plimoth Plantation, courtesy of Connolly's organization.
"It's a learning experience that you can't get in the classroom
sometimes because you are using your five senses and it's really
hands-on-learning," she said.