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Campbellsville Elementary teacher Vanessa Adkins was awarded a $1,000 Target Field Trip Grant, designed to help bring learning to life for students.
Adkins, a first-grade teacher, was selected from more than 16,000 applicants across the country.
She plans to use the grant money to take 100 first graders to the Louisville Zoo on May 1.
With the nation's schools facing increasing budget shortages each year, field trips are often one of the first elements eliminated from the curriculum. The Target Field Trip Grants Program, which launched in September 2006, has distributed 1,600 grants totaling $1.6 million in funds this year to education professionals to help fill this gap, so that teachers may continue using the valuable experiential learning gained from field trips to enhance students' classroom studies.