Others hadn’t seen an ocean.
But those experiences, and lots more, were part of last month’s educational trip to Boston for two fifth-grade classes from Helen M. Knight Elementary School.
The students recounted their adventures May 28 during Boston Community Night at the school. About 125 family members, friends and school staff members attended the event, which included songs, historical facts, and photos of the places the students visited.
The sites included the Old North Church, built in 1723 and still used as a church; Faneuil Hall; Plimoth Plantation, established in 1620; the John F. Kennedy Library; and even the Cheers tavern made famous by the TV show, where the children enjoyed Boston cream pie.
“This is the coolest educational experience I have ever been involved with,” said Taryn Kay, principal for grades four through six. “We want to thank the school board for letting us go and the superintendent for backing us.”
The business community helped, too, with donations that bolstered students’ fundraising efforts. Students in classes taught by Jamie Carter and Kathryn Jackson began raising money in September through such things as selling ice cream and Christmas wreaths.
“They worked hard for it all year,” said Mike Troutt, whose sons Brayden and Bryant were on the trip.
“It was very enlightening and a good bonding experience,” said the boys’ mother, Renee Troutt.
Like many of the students, Aidan Keating called the Prudential Tower the most impressive landmark.
“The view from the top was awesome,” he said. “[The trip] was totally worth it.”
Jackson joked that she was initially “terrified” at the thought of taking two classes of fifth graders to Boston.
“But they were wonderful ambassadors,” she said. “They were perfect.”
“Everywhere we went, people remarked how well behaved and knowledgeable they were,” Carter said.
Besides Keating and the Troutt brothers, the other students who went to Boston were Carson Sheets, Carson Whitney, Chelsea Brown, Chloe Book, Cianna Peatrae, Clynn Backus, Colby Figeley, Elijah Topper, Griffin Shannon, Hayden Lance, Jaicee Richardson, Jayden Dowd, Jessica Anderson, Joel Martineau, John Martineau, Jordyn Reidhead, Kali McKee, Karime Hernandez, Kenobi Clapper, Kilee Woodard, Kira Brown, Kylece Bartosh, Kyler Maxwell, Luke Williams, Madison McNeely, Milo Birdwell, Morgan Alvey, Pearl Morris, Simon Rutherford, Soren Indergard, Susan Ibarra, Tayson Wilson, Toni McElhaney, Trea Meyer, Trentyn Irish, Wyatt Gholson and Zella Cineceros.
Trip chaperones, in addition to Kay, Jackson and Carter, were Chace Gholson, Jamie Reidhead, Lloyd Wilson, Jeramey McElhaney, Shana Bown, Lyndsay Dowd, Lucenda Woodard, Pennellope Decaria, Kelsie Backus, Samantha Sheets, Lynn Jackson, Cindy Indergard, Levi Whitney, Angie Book and Bill Godschalx.