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Field Trip: Cleveland Museum of Art

Students from Covenant's Saturday Tutoring Program Visited the Cleveland Museum of Art on December 2, 2000.

Before departing for the museum, the students and tutors shared a pizza lunch in Covenant's dining room. The lunch was special event to celebrate the students' participation in the program and to thank the tutors for their volunteer efforts so far this year. Everyone enjoyed the pizza and had fun spending time together.

Following lunch, the students and adults walked to the art museum for a self-guided tour. The group included 48 students, 5 of their family members, and 15 tutors. Each adult led two or three students through the galleries.

A member of the museum's education department had recommended asking, rather than telling, the students about the artwork. Talking about the exhibits helped the students (and the tutors!) see the artwork in new ways.

For many of the students, this was their first opportunity to visit to a museum, and they were impressed! After only a few minutes in the museum, one student asked, "When we get back to the church, can I write a paragraph about what I did at the museum?"

Some of the students' favorite areas were the special Schreckengost exhibit, the Egyptian galleries, and the armor court. Several fourth graders were very interested in the African masks because they were works of art from their own culture. A ninth grader enjoyed the Greek, Roman, and East Indian exhibits because she was studying the history of those regions in school.

A young child asked, "Where will they put all of these things when we go home?" The tutors explained that the museum displays the art for everyone to see. They let the students know that admission is always free and encouraged the students to visit the museum often.

The tutors felt very fortunate that they could take the students to one of Cleveland's finest cultural institutions. In the words of one of the tutors, "Children learn by experience!"

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