Every Wednesday and Friday morning during the school year, an entire public school classroom visits 826michigan’s writing lab in downtown Ann Arbor for an action-packed two-hour experience filled with surprises and focused on building students’ confidence in their writing. We offer many field-trip options: from PJ Day, in which first-graders must band together to write the best bedtime story ever and soothe our cranky publisher Dr. Blotch to sleep; to Life-Sized Board Game, which sees third- and fourth-graders forming teams to product-test a poetry-based board game, Dr. Blotch’s latest and greatest moneymaking scheme; to the classic Storytelling and Bookmaking program, where second- and third-grade students write and illustrate their own books in one morning.
While all 826michigan programs are free, including field trips*, field trip scheduling priority is given to 826michigan Partnership Schools. Each spring, our staff selects Partnerships Schools for the following academic year. Criteria we consider include class sizes, percentage of students on free and reduced lunch, Title I funds, and prior partnerships with 826michigan. At this time, our field trips program is only open to public school classes in southeastern Michigan.
* Field trips are free, but schools must arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from 826michigan.
Special registration for 826michigan Partnership Schools runs August 1 through Oct 1. Open registration for public schools in begins October 1 until all spots are filled.
826michigan schedules field trips directly with teachers. Each teacher may schedule one field trip for his/her class only. Our field trips run Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10am – noon. We offer field trips to second semester first grade students through high school students. The 2013-14 field trip program was supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
A detailed menu of our 2013-14 field trips is available here: FTMenu2013-14.
If you are interested in being added to our open registration list, please contact Program Manager Catherine Calabro.
If you would like to be considered as a partnership school for the 2014-15 school year, please email Program Director Amy Sumerton.
Each field trip is different, but our goal is to create immersive experiences that instruct students in the mechanics of literacy as they develop a sense that writing can be fun. For more information about 826michigan’s field trips, please contact Program Manager Catherine Calabro at firstname.lastname@example.org.