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Buddy Up Trips!

To encourage classrooms to continue the partnerships created for KDT trips, funds are now available for additional activities. The goal is to strengthen the social component of the original trip by planning additional opportunities for students from partnered classes to connect.
You may go on an additional field trip with your partner class! You may take the trip before or after your traditional KDT! trip.
Typically $125 is available and the bus is paid for by the program.. Additional Trip/Buddy-up Funding Application

You must
  • Print the simple form below, fill it in and then send it via school mail (or scan and email) to Randi Beckmann at Belle Sherman Elementary School.
  • Randi, with the approval of an ICSD administrator, will respond to the application with directions and funding levels.
  • This funding has been made available through donations to IPEI and the Discovery Trail for KDT! Ithaca. Please take advantage of this opportunity by downloading the Additional Trip/Buddy-up Funding Application
  • Please do not go on trips until you have received a note approving your trip!

Please make sure that on your field trip request form and on your bus request form that you clearly mark this as a KDT trip.
Some teachers have....
  • Visited their partner teacher's school and used the engaging lesson plans on this wiki.
  • Made T shirts for classes to wear on their trips
  • Gone to the Ithaca Children's Garden you can either visit for free or ask for a guided tour (fee charged)
  • Hiked a local park. Taughannock has been a favorite, as there is a playground and great hike!
  • Enjoyed working outdoors at the Woods Earth Living Classroom
  • Gone sledding
  • Made pizzas
  • Gone to other Discovery Trail Sites
  • Met prior to their trips to make props for their trip (ie making lunch boxes in preparation for the History Center trip)
  • Fourth graders have gone to Fort Stanwix, a trip that supports the students understanding of the Revolutionary War or to the Bemment Billings Farmstead! Learn about this trip from Mia ( a child in Nancy Thompson's room)
  • First grade teachers enjoyed a guided walk of Taughannock with an educator from the Museum of the Earth
  • Hiking ideas from Cayuga Nature Center