What A Trip (Fall 2019-winter 2020)

At Community Roots, BCCP after-school participants enjoyed some great trips this past academic year. One of the great benefits of living in a city like New York is being able to take advantage of an endless scroll of trip options for school groups. They range from exclusive private tours of the New York Stock Exchange to reduced or sometimes free admission at dozens of museums.

We certainly took advantage of those options. In early November, we ventured out for our first trip to a local attraction, the Brooklyn Museum. Students with visual arts interest in project peace and photo club shared an artistic moment together visiting a fresh new exhibit.  Our second trip in december was to the Adobe Headquarters in Manhattan, where STEM oriented participants in our Girls Who Code program could explore  all the cool new technologies at Adobe studios. Next was our Google headquarters trip in January, which was a great forum for career exploration in tech.  Students received a guided tour of the campus facilities, learned about the corporate culture, ate lots of snacks, and at the end asked important questions.

One of our most memorable trips this year, however,  was our visit to the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. This trip is particularly memorable because it was so adventurous — felt like taking multiple trips in one. The visit to the Burial Ground  was planned in honor of black history month. Many of our students had never previously been which made the effort even more special.  At the Burial Ground, students watched a short film on the history of the Burial Ground, explored the artifacts, and had the option to dedicate a note to the slaves, which many of them did with much empathy. After our visit to the Burial Ground, we explored lower manhattan through a scavenger hunt map where we walked to important slave locations in the 18th century, including places like Wall St. This was our last major outing of the school year before everything was unceremoniously interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.