Wilmington Middle School Ends 8th Grade New York City Field Trip Tradition

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Middle School Principal Amy Gerade emailed students and parents on Tuesday announcing that the school will be ending one of its popular field trip traditions.

The school will no longer be organizing an annual visit to New York City and Ellis Island for 8th grade students.

After careful deliberation, Gerade pointed to several reasons for the change:

  • The field trip can no longer be held on Fridays due to tour company guidelines as it relates to tour group the size of Wilmington’s.
  • Students often need several days after a field trip to “settle back in to a normal routine.” Gerade cited a record number of absences and late arrivals that occurred on the day after the 2015 New York City field trip.
  • Due to ferry schedules, bus safety regulations, and logistics of a single day trip, the actual time students spend on Ellis Island has continued to decrease over the past four years. “The students and staff spent more time on the bus than actually touring New York City and Ellis Island,” wrote Gerade.
  • The cost of the 8th grade New York City trip, coupled with the cost of the 8th grade Washington DC trip, has become cost prohibitive for many families.

“I understand that many people may be disappointed in this decision, but I am hopeful that everyone knows that our goal is to create opportunities that are cost effective,” wrote Gerade.

On the other hand, the 8th grade Washington, DC field trip tradition WILL continue.  The trip is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 to Friday, June 9, according to Gerade.

CORRECTION: Wilmington Apple originally referred to the 8th grade field trip as a 6th grade field trip.  My apologies!

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