The school year is coming to an end, but the memories made last week during the Blanco Elementary Corpus Christi Trip will last a lifetime. Every year, Blanco fifth graders are filled with excitement as they board charter buses and head for the Texas coast. This year was no different. The class of 2015, many of their parents, and school faculty members began their journey early last Thursday morning. Although the darkness and rumble of charter bus engines might be enough for most kids to fall sleep, the enthusiasm these students felt kept them energized.
When they arrived in Port Aransas their first stop was Robert's Point Park where students played, enjoyed picnic lunches, and watched ships glide through the channel. After a quick stop at local tourist shops, students boarded the Island Queen and Mustang to dredge up sea life along the bay floor. They were able to get up close and personal as they learned about these sea creatures. The learning did not stop after checking into their rooms. Students saw examples of erosion and deposition caused by waves and wind as they experienced the beach first hand. Thursday night ended with dinner at Mr. Gatti's and, hopefully, a good night's rest. If students were not well rested Friday morning, it was difficult to tell. They were eager to get back on the charter buses and head to the Texas State Aquarium, where they explored various exhibits. Monday morning Mr. McClure, the 5th grade science teacher, connected the students' experiences with scientific concepts as he brought learning to life in the classroom!
For two days, students were able to leave the confines of the classroom to experience science first hand. Of course, it was not all about science; it was about so much more. As chaperones and teachers looked around, they were able to see the teamwork, the smiles, the laughter, and the togetherness of the class of 2015. The students will embark on a new journey in middle school, the teachers will begin a new year, and the parent chaperones will move on to other priorities, but the memories made during this adventure will not be forgotten.