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Fifth-graders Take Field Trip to Dearborn, Michigan

For the 79th year in a row, Lotspeich fifth-graders took a field trip to Dearborn, Michigan, where they spent two days studying the collections at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. “This classroom-without-walls experience is the culmination of our experiential study of American history,” said fifth-grade teacher Karla Balskus. At Greenfield Village, students saw historical re-enactments of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Lab, the Wright Brothers’ Cycle Shop, and working farms with glassblowers, potters, and other craftsmen. The Ford Museum taught students about the four transformative eras in America’s quest for freedom — the Revolutionary Era, the Anti-slavery Movement, the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the modern Civil Rights Movement. “This Lotspeich tradition began in 1938, Balskus said. “Trips have taken place every year, except for during World War II, when transportation to Dearborn wasn’t possible, and in 2003, when Greenfield Village was closed for a redesign of the grounds. One of our Seven Hills chaperones, retired Seven Hills employee Glenn Shillinger, has accompanied students for more than 35 years!”