CARTHAGE, MO.--- A Carthage special education class has another chance to get out in the community this year. The $500 grant will be used for gas and bus driver pay for field trips. The teacher says getting out into the community during class will help her students gain life skills. Elizabeth English's class will have more opportunities to get out of the classroom this semester.
"Normally, we would just take our normal Special Olympics field trips and our fishing trip in the spring," said Elizabeth English, CMS Special Education Teacher.
Fishing and bowling are activities that her students really enjoy.
"Sometimes I get scores. I knock down all the pins," said Leandra Nevills, Student.
Thanks to a grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation, her class will now be able to get out once a month.
"We're going to go to Wildcat Glade, tour Missouri Southern, go down to the Neosho Fish Hatchery. We're going to take them on a shopping trip and have them buy groceries," said English.
English says trips like these are valuable for learning life skills.
"How to act, things like that, that we don't always get that opportunity being in the school building," said English.
It's also a chance for some of these students to visit places they may not normally get to see.
"A lot of times, it's hard for parents to get their kids out in the community and do special things like that," said English.
While the students are looking forward to the outings, so is their teacher.
"It's another aspect of teaching that you don't get in the classroom," said English.
This was one of 42 grants that the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation gave out for the year. Members say they chose this Carthage class because their teachers wanted to get the kids out of the traditional classroom.
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