This past week, Upper Elementary Students went on a field trip to Red Gate Farm, an educational farm and forest in Ashfield, MA. Our Upper Elementary teachers had this to say about the experience: “Students participated in caring for the animals, this included feeding chickens, sheep, goats, and oxen. They also visited with a veterinarian and helped to care for an injured lamb. Students enjoyed many nature-based activities, such as fire making, felting, woodwork, and forest management. On Wednesday night, students were visited by a master storyteller.
Prior to the trip, each student created a personal goal. At the farm, staff discussed these goals with the students and celebrated their progress throughout the week. Examples of students’ goals included, “pause to think before acting” and “try new things even if they might be a bit scary.” As teachers, we were so proud to see students rising to these challenges and finding success in growing as capable and confident young people. The memories made during this trip will last far into the future.”