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> 550 Students from Leavenworth Senior High School to Tour America’s “Best Presidential Museum” (The Dallas Morning News)
> Tours Made Possible by a “Bus Stops Here” Grant from the Truman Library Institute
Independence, MO – On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, nearly 325 11th and 12th graders from Leavenworth Senior High School will tour the nationally acclaimed exhibits at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The following day, some 225 of Leavenworth High’s 9th graders will make the trip. The two-day total represents nearly 6% of all student tours at the Truman Library during any given academic year – and the student tours are being offered at no cost, thanks to funding support from the Truman Library Institute, the Truman Library’s nonprofit partner.
Leavenworth Senior High School is just one of many schools that now rely – at least in part – on private philanthropy for field trips. According to The Wall Street Journal, funding cuts were forcing an estimated one in six schools to eliminate field trips this year, a 9% increase over the 2008-09 academic year. Because field trips can be an integral part of a class’s curriculum, teachers have found themselves spending more time applying for grants and aid – while teaching larger classes with fewer resources.
In response to this trend, the Truman Library Institute created “The Bus Stops Here” Field Trip Grant Program. The funding program allows area K-12 classrooms to participate in the core educational programs at the Truman Library: museum tours and the nationally acclaimed history lab, The White House Decision Center.
Alex Burden, executive director of the Truman Library Institute, notes that funds were initially restricted to the most disadvantaged districts in Greater Kansas City. “But as we saw even affluent districts cutting back on field trips,” Burden said, “we extended the program – first to allow classes to participate in The White House Decision Center and, as of this fall, providing full funding, if necessary, for classes to schedule buses and tour the museum.”
On March 9-10, museum tours by Leavenworth students will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The Truman Library Institute is the nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of 13 presidential archives administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Together with its public partner, the Truman Library Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Library and the Truman Library Institute, visit TrumanLibrary.org.
For additional information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Harry S. Truman Library Institute
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Direct: (816) 268-8245