The fire fight in downtown Memphis heats up at the Fire Museum, as summer break winds down. 50 students spent hours learning about firefighting history in Memphis, from the horse-drawn, motorized, and modern era. They also learned how to avoid potential hazards and stay safe.
For this fire brigade, the field trip is much more than just hands-on exhibits and safety games. Educators say, it’s an experience. It’s exposure.
“It’s a mechanism to opening their imagination and creativity,” said Dr. Janice Tankson, Levi Elementary School Principal. “The only way you can do that is field trips and exposure outside of the classroom.”
For many of the students, this is their first, or perhaps one of just a few visits, in their lifetime, to the Fire Museum, the Civil Rights museum, the Memphis Zoo and other attractions they’ll get to visit across the mid-south over the summer. Being a Title I school, and getting federal funding for having a high number or percentage of children from low-incomes, is just one of the reasons why.
“Their parents may not have that opportunity to provide this to them. so they get this through the camp,” said Dr. Tankson.
“I’ve always believed unless you are exposed to great things, you’ll never know what you can be in life,” said Tankson. “Our goal at Levi Elementary is to expose our students to so much, that when they decide on the career they want, they know exactly what they want to do because they been exposed to it. They saw it.”