Fresno Zoo Field Trip by Nicholas Arnison, Longfellow Elementary verified non-profit

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Category: Field Trip
Class Size: 40
Grade: K - 6th 

This school year, myself and other special education teachers have a goal to raise enough funds to take our amazing students to the Fresno Zoo. We would like to provide an amazing experience for approximately 40 autistic students. Our goal for this field trip is to provide them with an amazing learning experience.

It is one thing to read and discuss about different animals, creatures, and the environment they live in, but getting up close and personal with these living organisms brings the learning experience to a whole new and exciting level. Autistic students thrive with hands on learning experiences and going to the Fresno Zoo will give our students and amazing hands on experience they will never forget. A neat fact about autistic students is that they have the capability to internalize new information and remember this information for years to come. One of our goals for our students is to have them learn as much as they can about each animal species we visit. We plan on teaching the students about each species we visit by observation, reading facts about the animal or creature, and asking purposeful questions to help the students internalize the information. The opportunity to have such an experience will motivate our students to learn more about the wonderful creatures that roam our planet. Along with academic learning, we would also want our students to grow socially from this experience.

Acquiring proper social skills is one task that is a challenge for individuals that are autistic. As a result, basic social skills that most people automatically acquire need to be taught to autistic students. An example of a skill that is needed to be taught is proper communication (voice modulation, tact, personal space etc.) Another important objective that we have in going to the Fresno Zoo would be having our students apply the social skills taught to them in an actual experience they would have with a total stranger. For instance, we want our students to practice a communication skill that they learned when they interact with others at the Zoo. This trip would not only be important for our autistic students to practice social skills, but it would also be important in providing them with a learning experience for vocational skills.

In given the opportunity to go to the Fresno Zoo, our students will be introduced to a new profession or vocational skill such as a Zookeeper. As special education teachers, we always try to help our students find something that highly interests them and try to make it applicable to them in a real life situation. A lot of our students may not be aware of certain professions such as a Zookeeper and by teaching and explaining to them the skills and tasks of such a profession along with observing what a Zookeeper does, we hope to inspire our students to develop a life goal of having such a profession or any other type of exciting profession.

I hope that you can help contribute to our goal. Thank you for your time.

If we do not meet our goal...

If we don't reach our entire goal we will use the funds that are raised to put into a \\"field trip" account for our special education students.

Nicholas Arnison

Special Education teacher, Longfellow Elementary

I am a Special Education teacher and I have been teaching for approximately 7 years. I love my career because I have the awesome opportunity each day to help my students grow academically and socially. I am motivated to work with my students because they also teach me about life as much as I teach them. It is my goal to continue to work hard each day and to grow as a professional to help improve the world, one child at a time.

Longfellow Elementary View All Causes

Bakersfield, California

Longfellow Elementary school is located in Bakersfield, California and is apart of the Bakersfield City School District. It has grade levels Kindergarten through sixth grade and includes an awesome special education program as well as other exciting academic programs and clubs. Longfellow also provides an extraordinary after school program for students.

Our teachers regularly collaborate twice a week with the purpose of improving instruction so our students will increase their learning. We are proud to say that we have interventions for every student at Longfellow. We make sure all students get what they need in order to grow academically. Second, we have implemented Positive Behavior Interventions and Support at Longfellow. We teach students what behaviors we expect in order to be successful at Longfellow. In teaching those behaviors, we recognize students through positive referrals and have incentives to motivate our students. Our goal is to reduce undesired behaviors and give students the tools that they need in order to be successful in the classroom. Finally, parent involvement is very important at Longfellow. There are many opportunities to be involved. You could be involved through School Site Council or become a parent volunteer and help in the classroom. Again, welcome to Longfellow Elementary!!!

Thank You!!!!

September 19, 2014

Wow! We are so blessed! We have reached our goal for our cause in such a short amount of time! Thank you to all that have contributed! May God bless you for you kindness! The money that was donated is enough to pay for our transportation!!! However, there are still expenses that we need to pay for such as food, resources, and entrance fees. Having said that, if anyone else would like to donate, please feel free. Whatever extra funds that are raised for this cause will pay for these extra expenses for our field trip! Once again, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! My students, fellow staff, and students are so grateful for you!!!!

Miriam Kaplan
Laine J Hendricks
Stan Williams
Shelly Alldredge
Zeina Moreland
Godfrey Guinto Miranda
Robert Gibbons
Fathima Gutierrez

Nicholas Arnison September 17, 2014

Thank you so much for your contribution Miriam! I will share with my students that an awesome teacher has donated for our field trip. They will be pleased :-) I agree, this experience will be amazing for them! Thanks again!

Miriam September 16, 2014

Having worked with autistic students when I was a teacher, I recognize how amazing this experience will be for your students. Thanks for working hard to make it a reality!

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