Every December Metro hosts a field trip, but this year Metro hosted two! The fourth through eighth grade classes spent the day at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, while the high school students visited the Center Home for the Hispanic Elderly to sing Christmas carols and celebrate the holidays in community service.
The fourth through eighth grade girls arrived promptly at 9:30am bundled up and ready to go ice skating downtown. It was the first time many students put on a pair of skates and ventured onto the ice. Lindsey Gonzalez, a Metro fourth grader, was nervous but excited for her first time. "At least I was able to make it around once by myself, without any help," she told Carolyn Madigan, a Metro Program Director, on the bus ride home.
Over fifty metro students and volunteers filled the rink, each at different levels. Lori Wilson, a Metro fourth grader loves to skate and shared her advice with both tutors and peers. "March and glide. Here watch me," she explained. Her confidence inspired many students who then conquered their fear of falling.
After two hours of skating the girls boarded the bus to Metro for a holiday showing of the Polar Express and some hot chocolate.
The high school program spent their Saturday in service. Before heading to the Center Home for the Hispanic Elderly, the girls spent time making cards, and practicing carols. They performed and visited with residents on three different floors. This rewarding experience was the one of many service trips that the high school program takes over the course of the school year.