Lisa d'Almeida wrote -On December 6th, I will join other parents, caregivers and teachers in the Cambridge Winter Classic 5k to raise money to help bring urban kids from low-income families on a Cape Cod Community Adventure. King Open (Mia and Lily’s school) does an annual 3rd/4th grade overnight field trip to Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, Massachusetts - an incredible hands-ons learning experience and community building adventure. Our school is a culturally and racially diverse urban public school serving a high percentage of children living in poverty. For many students, this trip will be their first opportunity to visit the ocean, attend a sleep-away camp, and deeply engage with nature. Together as a team, we are trying to raise $4000 to ensure that all those who want to participate can do so, regardless of income. My personal goal is to raise $350. During the two-day adventure, students will explore real-world learning that augments what they’ve been doing in the classroom. As the “land of the Wampanoag”, Cape Cod is the perfect destination to bring science and social studies to life. Students gain deeper understanding of the culture of Native Americans, a direct application of the school’s Charles River curriculum, by exploring the land and creating traditional arts and crafts with natural objects collected on their visit. They study tides and the science of the moon, collect plant and aquatic life for saltwater aquariums, and create and perform short plays based on Massachusetts’ varied past. Working together, connecting outside of the classroom, learning about the world and each other—the value of this experience for our diverse community is immeasurable. Students bring their newfound knowledge back to the classroom, but more importantly, they take home a deepened sense of community and a new appreciation for the history of our natural world. All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to Friends of King Open, the parent-volunteer-run 5O1C3 which helps fund this trip. Thank you for your support!